Saturday, June 16, 2012
Additions to the SOL
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
Removals from the SOL
333411 Wall and Floor Tiler
Hospitality industry fuming afterimmigration snub. The hospitality industry is furious after chefs and cooks were left off the Federal Government's updated migration eligibility list, even though the market continues to suffer a crippling skills shortage that's forcing businesses to close.
The culinary snub comes despite the fact food-related businesses are performing better this year – yesterday's forecast by Access Economics pegged food as growing faster than most sectors.
But Restaurant and Catering Australia chief executive John Hart told SmartCompany this morning that although turnover is growing; there simply aren't enough staff to take advantage of the uptick in sales.
According to Job Outlook just counting chefs, cooks, patisserie and kitchen hands, the industry employs 300,000, excluding baristas, wait staff, bar personnel, hotel/motel personnel and tourism industry; with very significant natural turnover and ageing work force.
Monday, June 11, 2012
GDP has increased annually at rate of 4.2% and unemployment remains steady at 5.1% although significant underemployment, while AUD remains strong, though sentiment of most Australians, government opposition and media remain negative with high levels of household debt.
Property prices have started to decrease from highs and cities like Melbourne already down 10%+ in past year with more apartments coming onto the market, plus record high levels of stock on market.
Skill Shortages exist in most trade or vocational areas, in addition to professional, engineering, IT and health/ medical according to Clarius Skills Index.
Immigration continues with skilled occupation list SOL reflecting need to fill short term skill shortages via 457 temporary visas in mining sector, and permanent skilled immigration with ageing population and baby boomers retiring. For more information see Immigration website.
Streamlined Student Visa Processing has been introduced for universities with plans for TAFE and some private higher education institutions to be included later in 2012 for 2013 enrolments. This means that students will be treated as AL1, i.e. if institution makes offer student will be accepted as Assessment Level 1 (AL1) with visa application submitted online with no need to show financials, and graduates of two years higher education study will be granted a 2 year post graduate work visa. For more information see Immıgration website.
Endeavour Scholarships for research, higher education and vocational education close 30 June. For details see Endeavour website.
Tourism Australia has a new video campaign, see video on YouTube.
Study in Australia and Hungary AIEC QUEST Australian International Education Centre Budapest and Istanbul.