27 May 2008

Airline looks to Australian immigration to plug pilot shortages

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An Australian airline has announced plans to use visa holders to plug a gap in their staffing. Quantas's subsidiary Jetstar has seen their plans to employ 75 pilots who are Australian visa holders approved by the Immigration and Citizenship Minister, Senator Chris Evans.

Jetstar said the plans to use Australian immigration were essential to allow them to continue recruitment, as there is currently a lack of skills in the industry. Alan Joyce, the chief executive of the airline, said: "We are in a global industry and we should be able to source a global talent pool."

It is thought the members of the Australian immigration programme will work on both domestic and international routes, with the first applicants' visa application being processed last week. The company has also recently hired 20 non-Australian cabin crew members, with the government approving them to employ 60 more. The government has also recently approved plans to encourage international IT students to get an Australian visa and work in the country.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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