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21 Apr 08

Funeral director demand creates New Zealand immigration potential

Funeral directors in New Zealand are in short supply, which is having a detrimental effect on the industry. As funerals become more time-consuming, there is an increasing demand for more people to enter the sector, reports One News. While the Funeral Directors' Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) has said it hopes to attract former workers back into the industry, the demand is such that New Zealand immigration could be used as a route to bring skilled funeral directors from overseas to fill these positions.

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18 Apr 08

Attracting skilled workers most important to UK companies

Attracting and retaining skilled workers is regarded as the best way to sure competitive advantage for a business, according to new research. A report from KPMG has revealed that 83 per cent of companies surveyed said that "human capital" was the best way to keep an edge over their competitors. This could be good news for those interested in UK immigration. Nearly 200 senior executives at firms in the UK were surveyed for the research.
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18 Apr 08

Calls made for more semi-skilled workers in Australia

Australian immigration laws should be relaxed in order to allow more semi-skilled workers into the country to fill skills shortages, according to the chief executive of a major construction firm. Despite large amounts of skilled workers being able to move to Australian temporarily through the 457 visa scheme, Wal King, of Leighton Holdings has called for an increase in Australian immigration.
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17 Apr 08

New Zealand immigration could boost productivity

A lack of workers to fill jobs in key industries in New Zealand is affecting the country's productivity. According to Voco, a company in New Zealand, the country is facing growth stagnation if nothing is done to address the shortage. Increasing levels of New Zealand immigration may be one way of solving the problem.
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17 Apr 08

Shortage of nurses may boost Canadian visas

A shortage of nurses in Canada is resulting in patients waiting longer than expected for treatment. As a result, nurses moving to the country through Canadian immigration may find it relatively easy to find a job, with the National Capital Region currently short of 90 full-time nurses.
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16 Apr 08

Australian government told to act on skills shortage

The Australian government has been encouraged to fix the skills crisis which is hitting the country. An alliance of union, employers and skills organisations is claiming that there could be a shortfall of hundreds of thousands of workers by 2016 if more is not done to fill jobs. Experts have said that Australian immigration will have to play a crucial role in filling the shortages.
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16 Apr 08

Unions in full support of Australian immigration

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has said that unions in the country fully support people entering the country on temporary Australian visas in order to fill the gaps in the workforce. Speaking to ABC1's Lateline programme, ACTU president Sharan Burrow has said that Australia will lose billions of dollars by 2025 if the shortage is not addressed, and Australian immigration is a good way to go about it.
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15 Apr 08

Canadian immigration changes get backing from business leaders

The British Columbia (BC) Chamber of Commerce has backed the proposed changes to the Canadian immigration rules, saying they will help with the skills shortages hitting the area. The proposed changes to the system are designed to make it easier and faster for much needed skilled workers to move to Canada.
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15 Apr 08

Increase in Australian visas could solve urban water industry's employee drought

A report looking into the shortage of workers in Australia's urban water industry has revealed that 8,600 new employees are needed by 2017. The research, conducted by Infohrm, also revealed that by 2017 nearly 30 per cent of the current workforce will be retired. A shortage of workers could be addressed by increasing the amount of people being recruited through Australian immigration.
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15 Apr 08

Rural transport industry looking for workers through temporary Australian visas

The rural transport industry in Australia is short of workers, according to a report from the South Australian Freight Council. Overseas workers are seen as the ideal way to fill the shortage by the council, which is proposing bringing people in on temporary Australian visas. The report calls on the federal and state governments to look into the issues brought up, of which the skills shortage is the major one.
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14 Apr 08

Australia nursing shortage causing surgery delays

Babies in Australia are being forced to wait months for crucial surgery because of a shortage of nurses to staff beds, according to doctors. At the Royal Children's Hospital, which is a major paediatric hospital in Victoria, there is an average of 16 cardiac surgery cancellations a week, reports the Age. Nurses are one of the professions which feature most heavily on the Australia Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL), meaning they can enjoy a streamlined Australian immigration process.
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