26 November 2007
Australian working holiday visa needs to be extended to two years
There are calls to extend the Australian working holiday visa programme to meet skill shortages in sectors such as information communication and technology, reports CIO business technology leadership magazine.
The need for skilled IT workers and the falling numbers of Australian graduates are leading to a push to increase the 417 (Australian working holiday) visas from 12 months to a minimum of two years.
According to recruitment research company Ambition, junior IT jobseekers from England, Ireland and Scotland provide a valuable resource in the Australian contracting market, particularly when they stay for two to four years.
IT people coming to Australia from overseas plays a key role in industry staffing levels, Ambition has found.
People with Java technology knowledge in the context of investment banking and projects utilising J2EE and C++ for trade flow systems design are in particular demand.
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