Immigration Australia has disclosed that 2,500 overseas workers moved to its Queensland province during the last year to cover the regions job openings across its mining and construction sectors. The existing data show that during the concerned period, 34% of workers from abroad–who turned-up on the soils of the province using 457 permits–were involved with these sunshine industries, which, presently, are facing crucial scarcities of labor. That there is huge demand for trained workers, having relevant experience, in the resources industries of Queensland, is no secret.
Meanwhile, a concerned person was quoted as saying that during the year gone by, 2011, and over the course of three months, Queensland immigration received as many as 50,000 expressions of interest (EOI) from the interested people.
Coming back to the immigration body of the country, it reportedly said that the demand for talented overseas workers is only heading north, with British workers being in a rather high demand. Workers from the US and India come next. It added that close to 1,360 construction workers turned-up during the past one year, using 457 Temporary Business Permits, even as this number is over 200% of the 670 construction workers who had turned-up during the year gone by. Besides, overseas workers entering the mining industry headed north. While earlier it was 560, it became 1,180 during the same duration.
Despite these inspiring developments, not everyone really believes that this is a positive development for Down Under or migrant workers. In this connection, a critic was quoted as saying that the use of the 457 Permits of Australia is a method to usher-in overseas workers who (companies) may take advantage of by paying not-too-impressive salaries to them. He continued that the employers of such employees may well issue a warning that they would cancel their permits before they send them back home, in case they raised any fears of safety or salary conditions.
Available data shows that, by and large, the overseas construction employees, doing jobs across the province of Queensland, have been pocketing around $124,400 per annum. Besides, on an average, the mine employees on the Australian 457 permit pocketed close to $131,900 per annum.
Meanwhile, another involved person was quoted as saying that Queensland requires additional workersthe reason being most of the trained workers of Australia are reluctant to shift to regional places. He added that such employees prefer the eastern seaboard against the west, even while they are not very enthusiastic about shifting to Queensland. He reportedly continued that the entire involved process is rather complex, adding that it is rather impossible to bring in a worker from overseas on 457 permit, in case there are local workers to cover the opening.