Skilled overseas workers are being deterred by Australia’s 457 visa changes that have been implemented by the Turnbull government. The skilled overseas workers are now refraining from choosing Australia and has prompted the largest global job-hunt site to warn regarding the negative impacts.
A decrease of 10% in clicks of skilled overseas workers on job postings in Australia has been recorded by Indded.com in June 2017 while compared with April. It was in April 2017 that Australia announced requirements for higher proficiency in the English language. The government of Australia also announced enhanced barriers to Australia PR and Citizenship, as quoted by The Australian.
The decrease is actually a reversal of trends in recent years when in fact the search activity was more in June when compared with April.
Callam Pickering the Asia-Pacific Economist for Indeed.com said that when analyzed for the overall immigration and size of Australia’s economy, 457 visa reforms were relatively small. However, the negative perception created by these changes could harm Australian economy more than the direct effects of the policies itself. Many individual businesses and certain industries could be adversely affected, added Pickering.
A spillover effect also cannot be ruled out and even deter skilled overseas workers from jobs that are not directly impacted, added the Economist. The technology sector in Australia that is confronted with large shortages of skills is a chief example of this, explained Callam Pickering.
The 457 visa changes are directed at very few jobs in the tech sector. But the cumbersome path to Australia PR could make Australia less attractive to skilled overseas workers, said Pickering.
As skilled overseas workers are in great demand globally, they have several other options said the Economist. The findings of Indeed.com have come even as public servants and security experts downplayed the changes to Immigration Department. New super portfolio of Home Affairs will be created for Peter Dutton the Immigration Minister.
If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Australia, contact Y-Axis, the world’s most trusted Immigration & Visa Consultant.