Skilled migrants may find opportunities in Australia

Date: Apr 12, 2012

Australia has witnessed a changing trend in relation to skilled migrants heading to the country in search of jobs, which may be due to the jobs climate overseas.

It has been no secret over recent months that many economies are struggling, which has largely been reflected in unemployment data.

The latest information shows the unemployment rate stood at 8.2 per cent in OECD countries in February - a rate that has been broadly flat since January last year.

In the euro area, however, unemployment increased by 0.1 per cent for the eighth consecutive month, marking a record high since the global financial crisis began.

Countries including Austria, Luxembourg, Italy and Portugal have all witnessed a rise in unemployment this year, with Spain having the highest rate in the continent.

There has been a rise in the number of Spanish-born migrants heading to Australia over recently, with 246 arriving in the 2010-11 financial year, compared to just 128 during the previous year.

Prospects for skilled migrants might therefore be better on Australian shores, where the mining sector continues to boom and provide job opportunities.

The latest Employment Expectations report from Hudson Global Resources revealed that Western Australia in particular is benefiting from opportunities that arise in the mining industry.

In both WA and Queensland, an average 45 per cent of employers are seeking to employ more permanent staff to keep up with demand in the sector.

"The optimistic outlook in Western Australia is a result of the continued investment in major mining and energy projects by some of the world's biggest operators," said Bruce Henderson, Hudson's general manager in Western Australia.

"Jobs are being driven by new projects that are still under construction as well as existing assets that are expanding or in ramp-up mode."

It is far from just the mining sector that is attracting people in need of the assistance of lawyers in immigration - construction, property and engineering industries are also proving popular with skilled migrants.

In the six months from July to December 2011, figures from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship show that 116,600 permanent additions were made to the Australian population.

This marks a rise of 19.9 per cent compared to the same period of 2010, which was mainly due to the rise in the skill element of the migration program.

With so many opportunities available in Australia, this trend may well continue for some years yet.