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Opportunities ‘Down Under’ for British workers

Apr 10, 2014
Britain has always been a strong source of skilled migrants for companies ‘Down Under’, but today the need for overseas workers is reaching a peak.

Jason Diggs, Sales Director for Anglo Pacific Anglo Pacific said more than 60% of its business is accounted for by Australia and New Zealand and is urging candidates to seize the moment.

“Although requirements for Christchurch’s rebuild are well documented, skill shortages are becoming widespread across Australia and New Zealand.  Both nations are moving into more positive economic climates, both are experiencing construction booms, and both are struggling to fill key skilled positions with home-grown talent alone.  Currently 60% of our export business goes to these two nations – I suspect that figure will rise as 2014 unfolds.”

Last year, lobbying organisation The Australian Industry Group urged the federal government to immediately up its migrant intake from 190,000 for 2013/14 to 220,000 for 2014/15 to cover growing skill shortages particularly in mining, engineering, infrastructure and health. 

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency agrees and predicts that Australia will need 2.8m workers with 'higher-skilled qualifications' by 2025.  To source these from native population, the number of Australians leaving education with higher skills would have to increase by 3% every year until 2025.  A tall order, unless it’s supplemented by an enlarged skilled migrant programme. 

Anglo Pacific offers a dedicated job search service with applicants invited to register free of charge and without obligation. Completed registrations are forwarded to specialist recruiters within all the key disciplines. 

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