In a positive development--from both Australia-inspired migrants and the nationals of the country--a fresh research suggests that trained workers from abroad, on 457 permits of Australia, are not snatching away jobs with the resources sector from the people of the nation, as feared and believed by some people.
Though there have been claims and fears, voiced from certain quarters, that the role of the overseas workers is pivotal for the shrinkage of the available job opportunities for the qualified nationals, the findings of the research clearly show that such fears are baseless, and they lack merit. According to the researchers behind the study, 457 permits are necessary in the resources sector and these assist cover highly-skilled job-openings which may not be covered employing just the nationals.
The said visa is highly well-liked by the qualified workers and Australian job-providers and firms which want to meet the scarcity of skills. Such people and firms may extend sponsorship to trained workers, via 457 permits, and for a given time period, between 1 day and 4 years. Members of the family of the workers are also welcome even as they are permitted to do jobs and/or pursue their studies during the period of their stay in the country.
Talking about this, one of the researchers was quoted as saying that some of the needed skills are highly specialized by nature, and only taught across just 1 or 2 institutions internationally. Hence, the sought skill-set is just not to be had.
As an illustration, he (the researcher) cited the unique case of the helicopter engineers who are required to duly look after equipments for the various projects related to oil & gas industry. Such qualified workers require as many as 6 specialized licenses even as these are taught across only 2 nations of the world--France & Great Britain.
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