Australia’s economy needs young, skilled and educated migrants

It’s no secret that Australia needs to supplement their workforce in order to stay competitive. New research once again highlights the country’s need for young skilled migrants or the world’s 4th best country risks slipping from their position.
Figures show that migrants have a direct positive effect on the employment of Australians too. Employment grew by 730,000 people between 2011 and last year and, of this, 600,000 were migrants.

The Australian reported that in a presentation to be made to the Melbourne Institute/The Australian Economic and Social Outlook Conference this week, leading demographer Peter ­McDonald says that, without ­migration, there would have been no increase at all in the number of workers younger than 55 over the past five years.

“All the workforce growth would be at ages 55 years and over. The migrants coming in at a young age change the age struct­ure of the labour force,” Professor McDonald of the University of Melbourne said.

“Older and younger workers most of the time are not substitutes, they’re complements,’’ he says. “Younger workers have the hi-tech skills while older workers have the experience. It’s a good thing to have the mix.”

Professor McDonald says it is also not the case that migrants are taking the jobs of the un­employed.

“Migrants are not in the same labour market as people who don’t have jobs. There are some areas where there is competition between migrants and non-­migrants but the main picture is not that, given our skilled ­migration program.

Australia is interested in skilled, educated and experienced migrants under the age of 44. There are a number of visa options available to those who qualify. If you are interested in exploring immigrating to Australia an experienced and accredited migration consultant will be able to advise you on the best visa option for your requirements and based on your eligibility.

Essentially Australia issues 2-year visas to migrants who are able to fill existing vacancies in their labour force. Occupations for which a demand exists, that cannot be filled locally, appear on the country’s Skilled Occupations List (SOL). If you are currently employed in an occupation that is listed and you have the appropriate training and experience, with evidence to back it up, you would have a good chance at obtaining an Australian Work Visa!


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