Queensland in need of skilled employees!

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Queensland state of Australia is lacking skilled manpower due to its flourishing resource industry. The state has invested billions of dollars in LNG, Santos and QGC projects. Queensland also plans to invest sixty billion dollars on the upcoming coal mines of Galile Basin. Mining giant BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) for the Planned Caval Ridge coal mine have already invested four billion dollars on Bowen Basin project.

A staffing company Hudson through its quarterly evaluation report on the job market of Queensland states that in coming 2 years the state is going to generate 140,000 job opportunities due to which big projects will continue to face shortage of skilled employees.

At present the mining sector of the state has been left with 3.6 job vacancies for every 1,000 people employed. BHP which is the biggest mining company has stated that it has 1,500 employees in work this year but it still has 750 job vacancies for its Bowen Basin coal mines.

Mining companies of Queensland are pressurizing the government to grant permission for more immigrants for their upcoming projects. BHP Billiton has got an approval to hire 100% immigrants for 500 strong employees with a condition to hire 30% native employees.

Anna Bligh, Queensland’s Premier with strong support from states and territories is forcing Canberra to launch a new 3year working visa for global graduates in areas facing skill shortage.

Ms Bligh said, “Australia is facing a looming skills crisis,” and “We shouldn’t be discouraging young, enthusiastic workers who are keen to fill these roles.”

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