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80% Australian companies planning to recruit foreign workers

According to a new research 4 out of 5 companies in West Australia are planning to recruit overseas workers to fulfill the shortage of skilled workers.    The research found that every Australian state is lacking skilled workers except Queensland and nearly 61% of the surveyed employers were suffering shortage of skilled labors in their organizations. Compared to previous year there has been a tremendous increase (85%) in the number of temporary 475 visa holders. Increased skilled migration has raised some criticism. Unions WA secretary Simone McGurk said, “We are concerned about a culture developing in which employers turn to 457 visa workers rather than training." On the other hand, most of them feel skilled migration is beneficial. Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) feel that migration increase the worth of resource sectors. APPEA said in a report submitted to the Australian government's employment taskforce, “These skilled workers pass on their techniques and experience through knowledge transfer to Australian industry, thus sharing critical experience and good practices from overseas and adding value to the economy.”  

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