Service Jobs in Australia – 90,000 Foreigners Needed
Posted on January 28, 2012 by Jobs Abroad
Australia’s government is in negotiation to provide visas to allow thirty six thousand waiters, bartenders and cooks into the country.
Another 56,000 will be needed by 2015. This seems to be official, because its coming from Chris Bowen, the government’s Immigration Minister.
The tourism and hospitality sectors are so short-staffed the government is in discussions to import tens of thousands of employees on a visa similar to the current 457 visa.
The 457 is a temporary visa used by businesses to sponsor foreign workers and allow them to live and work in specific Australian jobs.
The 457 visa can last for up to four years.
Workers must meet Australia’s health requirements and be sponsored by an employer to fill a nominated position. They must have skills, qualifications, experience and an employment background which match those required for the position. They must be able to show proficiency in the English language and be eligible for any relevant licenses or registration required for the nominated position.
Any employers seeking to bring in tourism and hospitality workers will have to first show that they are making efforts to train Australian workers and paying full market rates for the jobs.
It’s not unusual for Australian businesses to use overseas people to do work that they find difficult to get Australian workers to do.
One of the classic examples is fruit-picking, which has part-funded many a back-packing trip around Australia by young British people.
The need for overseas workers to do jobs the locals won’t do is not unique to Australia. Although British youngsters are happy to pick fruit in Australia, fruit picking jobs in Britain itself are generally carried out by workers from Eastern Europe.
Some Australians blame the lack of Australian workers in some sectors on employers who want them to work unofficially and take cash in hand.
More details are expected to be released by the government in the coming weeks.