The Australian: Skills Shortage to be met Overseas

Australia’s national daily newspaper, The Australian, recently published an article on the considerable acceleration of skilled migrants in Australia’s mining sector. Globe 24-7’s General Manager, Lachlan Spicer, and Minna Knight, director of media and public affairs at the Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA), we’re asked to provide their expert insight on the subject matter.

One of Globe 24-7’s key services, International Workforce, was developed to specifically meet the need for overseas skilled resources labour as it has become an increasing concern for resources companies in Australia, and around the rest of the world.

Globe 24-7’s International Workforce

The function of Globe’s International Workforce is to partner with companies looking to employ overseas skilled and semi-skilled personnel, on Permanent or 457 Temporary Visas, into Australia. Globe runs end-to-end, customised bulk recruitment campaigns, utilising networks and owned and operated offices, strategically located in major resources markets of the world.

Click to download the original article “Shortage to be met Overseas – by Penny McLeod ” or read synopsis below.

“Miners are more open to the idea of looking abroad to fill vacancies”

As employers are increasingly looking offshore for skilled workers, the demand for specialist HR and recruitment services is increasing. Globe 24-7’s Lachlan Spicer says, “In the professional space, we are generally recruiting for two to five roles at a time. In the skilled and semi-skilled market we are recruiting for 10 to 20 people at a time, for bigger companies.”

According to a survey by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the number of applicants granted in the financial year 2010-11 for the mining industry was 3650 – an increase of 46.4% over 2009-10.

The reluctance of many mining employers to recruit skilled migrants stems from the challenges associated with it, including costs and government policy. The costs include recruitment and relocation fees, health insurance, training and qualification/skills checks. “There’s certainly a cost to it and sometimes that cost can be underestimated, but some companies can’t afford not to recruit internationally to meet their current resourcing demands”, says Lachlan Spicer.

The government has recently taken steps to remove administrative obstacles by revising its permanent employer-sponsored visa program to assist mining companies in their quest for workers. However, other government imposed requirements, such as capital expenditure levels, still make it very difficult for some companies to take advantage of the new reforms.

Despite the policy hurdles it is inevitable that mining companies will increasingly rely on skilled migrants to meet their skills need. AMMA’s Minna Knight declares that, “The industry is bracing itself for a peak demand of 83,000 new jobs across the resources-related construction activity by 2013.”

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