26 February 2008

Australia immigration could improve business confidence

A business lobby group in Australia has blamed a fall in confidence of small businesses on a lack of staff. Commerce Queensland has said that the skills shortage in the country is affecting small businesses badly. Among the ideas put forward as solutions to the skills shortage is to increase Australia immigration.

The Sensis Business Index has revealed that businesses' confidence in the economy has dropped by 36 per cent, which is the second biggest fall in the history of the survey. Paul Bidwell, of Commerce Queensland, said: "People are unable to recruit and retain the staff they need. That's the biggest constraint on business and that may well flow on to wages growth, which was again an issue people indicated was causing them some angst." People looking seriously at Australia immigration in order to take advantage of the skills shortage can take a skilled points test to check their suitability.

Meanwhile, a recent survey by the Australian Computer Society has also highlighted the need for Australia immigration for the ICT industry which is suffering from a severe skills shortage.

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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