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.
Anybody thinking about taking their skills to Australia and establishing a new life and a superior lifestyle (well, who leaves a homeland they’re really happy in?) would be interested in a conference that’s been considering that country’s future on Hamilton Island, a stunning resort off the coast of Queensland. In a way, Hamilton Island symbolises the promise of Australia. One of the Whitsunday islands, Hamilton caters for the elite, but also anybody else who wants to save up and go there for a honeymoon, a bit of a break, or whatever. So it’s a very pleasant place for a very interesting conference.
In the UK, thousands of skilled trades people and professionals face uncertain employment prospects at the moment. If it’s all getting a bit much to bear what with relentless headlines about the recession and the worsening job market, maybe you’re thinking about leaving and looking for greener grass. Had you thought about looking at, well, Australia?
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 has a big name around the world for its resources industry, which continues to boom despite the challenges thrown up to most developed economies by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). In Australia, existing and new minerals, oil and gas projects create thousands of new jobs on a regular basis. However, owing to the country’s persisting skills shortage, it’s fairly certain a big share of those will be taken up by skilled immigrants. At first glance, it would seem obvious that these jobs will be for engineers and skilled trades people. While these pros will definitely have plenty of opportunity, it’s also clear that jobs for IT professionals will open up, not just in the resource industry area itself, but also in support and service industries.
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.
Apartments in Ireland’s tallest building, the 150-million euro, 17-story tower Elysian, cost 1.8 million euros ($US2.56 million). For that, you could get a three-bedroom duplex penthouse with a black-lacquer kitchen, Porsche taps and a panoramic view of Cork. Very nice. But because of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) 80% of the Elysian’s 211 apartments were unsold in late April. About half the office and store units in the project also stand empty.
It’s no secret that many developed countries still are experiencing financial difficulty. Some countries are actually in dire straits and are unlikely to find friendlier straits anytime soon. In Australia, it’s not quite like that. Even overseas commentators laud this distant land’s situation and predict it will emerge from this global crisis stronger than ever.
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.
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