Labour shortage pushes up 457-visas

A survey by accounting firm KPMG has found Australia's skills shortage is driving employers to increase their skilled migration intake, particularly in Western Australia.


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This demand for skilled workers ( Australia needs 488,000 workers over the next decade -West Australian - 28 August 2010) will compell the Liberal and Labor to change their immigration policy from "keeping Australia population small" to one that is realistically based requirments.

It would be really helpful to school leavers to know specifically where the skills shortages are - what they need to study etc etc

The irony is that there are plenty of skilled workers struggling through red tape just as I am: Originally from England I have been in Australia for 6 years now- 3 of those years as an international (mature) student paying full fees and high taxes and a further 3 as a fully employed and contributing member of society while my permanent residency application has been left to gather dust in an office somewhere. Since I applied for permenant residency I have watched the reactive, short sighted and overly PC policies of this government push my application to the back of the queue on no less than 3 occaisions. Apparently native english speaking, tertiary qualified, business professionals holding a full time job and paying taxes are not wanted here...... yet we keep hearing about skills shortages. Yet another example of the astonishing hypocrisy of this government.

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