According to a press release issued by Interdean, an international removals expert, the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency predicts that Australia will need 2.8 million workers with higher skilled qualifications by 2015.
Recent news that skill shortages are becoming widespread across Australia and that numerous industries are calling for skilled expatriates to relocate there in order to make up the shortfall.
The press release states, “Australia has recently seen a boom in demand for skilled positions in certain sectors. Key industries such as construction, healthcare, engineering and mining are all seeking skilled workers. It is reported that currently around 60% of expatriate business goes to both Australia and New Zealand and the figure is expected to rise throughout the rest of 2014.
“In response the federal government of Australia was urged to increase its migrant intake of 190,000 in 2013/14 to 220,000 for 2014/2015 to cover the increasing skill shortages. Individuals who are qualified in mining, engineering, infrastructure and healthcare will be desirable assets for the nation's workforce.
“The Australian Industry Group (AI Group) carried out a survey and reported that 68% of the respondents in the construction sector reported difficulty in hiring skilled labour in the six months to September 2013. A spokesperson stated: ‘While up-skilling our current workforce remains a priority, a larger skilled migration programme will be necessary to manage the current situation and to assist in smoothing the path to future growth.’
The press release also states that The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency predicts that Australia will need 2.8 million workers with higher skilled qualifications by 2015. A spokesperson commented: ‘Skilled workers, from the UK in particular, are preferred by Australia for their economic contribution.’