Australia is the biggest automation user in the world, a leading robotics engineer has argued. But while such automation is having enormous productivity benefits it is also threatening to increase income inequality and “decimate” regional areas. University of Sydney mechatronic engineering Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte spoke to the ALERA conference on Friday (May 27) to point ...more
A close partnership between industry and government is essential to breaking the emerging skills shortage crisis, Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans has told industry leaders.
Senator Evans addressed an Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry forum at Parliament House in Canberra on June 2 about the “skills challenge”. He said Australia would need an extra 5.2m workers with qualifications at Certificate III and higher by 2025.
The recommended retail price of 457 Visa Law by Maria Jockel has now been reduced to $70rrp in recognition of legal changes since its publication in November 2008.
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Employers need to remember many things when it comes to 457 visas, including ensuring applicants have the attributes and skills to successfully undertake the position. “It’s wise to make a preliminary assessment of the visa applicant’ résumé, qualifications, work references and, importantly, their English level,” KPMG migration practice head Karen Waller told HR Report.
Source: Thomson Reuters, HR Report, 4 November 2010.
Businesses are rushing to backfill positions left vacant last year and are hiring for new roles to take advantage of improved market conditions, a new report reveals. Released on July 7, Hudson’s employment expectations report showed employers were “clearly moving fast to strengthen their workforces and position themselves for growth and increasing competition”. Based on ...more
Skills shortages are again looming large as a major risk for businesses, according to a survey by the Australian Industry Group (AiG) and Deloitte released today (July 9). More than one third (34.7%) of the 400 CEOs interviewed for Skills shortages: A high-risk business survey believed there was “a high-to-extreme” risk of skill shortages negatively ...more