Prominent among Australia’s many skilled shortfalls, is the urgent need for more doctors, nurses and diverse other health professionals. This is a resource rich, prosperous country with a remarkably bright future rolling out in front of it for many years to come. By the middle of the century, the population is likely to be be bigger than it is now by around 50% … a total in the vicinity of 35 million people. Thus, a huge amount of effort is now going into training trades people and professionals, as well as recruiting appropriately qualified and experienced people from other countries, under a variety of skilled immigration visas.
There’s no secret the Irish people are doing it tough as a result of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Irish jobs are being exported to cheaper places like Eastern Europe and the rampant Celtic Tiger of recent times has had its teeth filed down. Prospects are grim and the mood is gloomy, which probably accounts for the number of young Irish people packing up and taking their skills to work in Australia. This exodus of Irish youngsters has increased by 33% in the past year.
Australia is well-known around the world for its resources industry, which continues to boom, despite serious impediments thrown up to other developed economies by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Existing and new minerals, oil and gas projects continue to create thousands of new jobs, a major proportion of which may need to be filled by skilled immigrants. A first assumption will be that these jobs will be for engineers and skilled trades people. However, Australia is also crying out for professionals in IT and FttH. Such jobs would be of interest to professionals in countries like Ireland, the UK and even Canada and the USA, where unemployment, especially in some regions, is reaching high levels.
Yes, certainly, owing to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), skilled migration numbers will be slashed in Australia’s budget year of 2009/2010. The government says this measure has been taken make sure that Australian workers get preference for jobs in a period that threatens higher unemployment. Paradoxically, recent figures indicate that Aussie unemployment has actually diminished. Still, most gurus are still predicting up to 8% unemployment during the next twelve months.
Even now, with most of the world wallowing in the of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), Australia seems to be living a charmed life, with a lot going on in the resources area which created and sustained that nation’s boom economy for so long. That economy is doing doing quite well and promises to rise to new high in the not too distant future.
One remarkable indicator of the scale of Australian infrastructure projects is the number of new and upgraded railway developments being undertaken or planned around the country. While Australia is weathering the Global Financial Crisis very well, and is tipped by the OECD and the IMF to emerge from this period with economy relatively intact and way ahead of other comparable countries, the explosion of development is not without its own problems.
The huge state of Western Australia, commonly referred to as WA, is already a rich source of minerals courted by industrial giants from Europe to China, a situation that triggered on an ongoing boom that just won’t stop, Global Financial Crisis or no Global Financial Crisis. For decades now, WA has lured skilled workers from other states and from around the world. And it seems this spring of skilled jobs isn’t about to dry up any time soon. Famed worldwide for its iron ore, uranium and other metals, new exploration is leading to the opening up of mining projects that include, among other things, gold and magnetite.
Internationally, Australia’s Gold Coast is best known as a premier holiday destination. It’s all about sun, surf and socialising in the best Australian tradition … not to mention a vibrant nightlife! What’s less known outside Australia, is the Gold Coast is a fast-growing, modern metropolis on the south coast of Queensland that’s attracting new permanent residents from around Australia and overseas.
In this new era of alternative technologies, Australia is forging ahead building, experimenting and developing energy generation from the sun, from the sea, the wind, from geothermal and other techniques designed to minimise carbon footprints and protect the planet from further manmade damage, wherever possible. These new technologies also create new employment opportunities, for both Australian residents and also for thousands of skilled tradespeople and professionals who choose to come and live and work in Australia.
As has been well documented, the Australian Federal Government used its 2009/10 budget to throw vast amounts of money at infrastructure projects around the nation. Now this is a decent sized nation, as it happens roughly about the size of the continental United States, but with only about 7% of that large nation’s population. No surprise then that almost any big development in Australia tends to run short of skilled artisans. This, of course, creates major opportunities for skilled tradespeople and professionals in other countries. Lure them for a couple of years, muse the Aussie planners, and there’s a fair chance they’ll put down roots and stay permanently.