19 June 2007

Record employment high for skilled Australian migrants

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Brits relocating to Australia are hitting the ground running, with a new report revealing that skilled migrants are gaining employment, adjusting to the Oz lifestyle and finding their feet faster than ever.

The recent “longitudinal survey” by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) involved the questioning of over 10,000 skill stream and family stream primary applicants. It was found that after 18 months in Australia, employment rates for skilled migrants are well above the already astounding national average of 97 percent.

These figures are highly positive for anyone looking for a ‘new start’ via the General Skilled Migration programme, as at the time of the first Longitudinal Survey in 1995, statistics showed a 25% rate of unemployment amongst the migrant population. The significant boost over the past 12 years reflects the current government’s commitment to supporting skilled migrants to maintain Australia’s burgeoning economy.

Tom Blackett, spokesperson for the Australian Visa Bureau, commented: “This news should come as a source of great encouragement to Australian visa hopefuls in the UK. Australian migration has been immensely popular for skilled migrant candidates in recent years, thanks to their streamlined immigration scheme and current demand for qualified workers. However, to have it confirmed that the post-relocation experience is so overwhelmingly positive for the majority of migrants is fantastic news.

“However, all potential visa applicants should be careful to research the Australian visa process in close detail before committing to work in Australia. A good firs start would be taking the Australian Visa Bureau’s online assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.

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