donderdag 19 maart 2009

Immigration Cut

During the boom times, when skills shortages were the main brake on Australia's fast-paced growth, UK and other foreign skilled workers were targeted by successive Aussie governments. My job was on the list of 'jobs in demand' which is what made me apply to come to Australia.

Now, with unemployment reaching a near four-year high, potential immigrants are being told they are surplus to requirements. The government says that Australian workers should not have to compete with their foreign counterparts.

It is the first time in 10yrs that immigration has been cut - the skilled migration programme intake will be reduced from 133,500 to 115,000 - a 14% reduction.

Bricklayers, plumbers, welders, carpenters and metal fitters are no longer required, but Australia still needs doctors, nurses, engineers and IT specialists.

Looks like we got in just in time....

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