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No coordination Between Australia’s jobs and migration Policies is Resulting in Skill Wastage

Monday, February 19, 2018 11:28
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The Australia’s Skilled Migration Services has helped the country accumulate a healthy and skilled migrant workforce since 1988. However, one of its major side effect, which has now come into notice is that majority of these manpower is wasted away.

As per reports, over 40% of immigrants residing in Australia are too qualified to find themselves any suitable job. The major concern is that the difference between the education level of a native Australian and an immigrant is almost 4 times.

The situation has aroused because of the significant mismatch between the immigrant system of Australia and the employment policies being followed. While the immigration system is targeted to bring as much as skilled workforce in Australia to fill in the demand of the labour market, the employment policies pay little importance to making the optimal use of skills available.

This results as the shortage of skills while an abundance of over-skilled workforce wanders in search of occupation opportunities.

Sadly, this lack of coordination isn’t limited to the migrant workforce in Australia, working in pathetic employee conditions because of the mismatch, but also affects the Australian society. The lesser the jobs for the skilled migrants, the lesser the tax received by the Government. This ultimately results in limited public expenditure, savings, investment and consumption.

At present, there are a number of characteristics describe under the Skilled Migration Program of Australia. For example one must be young, university educated and fluent in English to settle in Australia. However, we also admit people on humanitarian grounds and thus more skills flow in the ecosystem. 

Such mismatch in the policies forcing an individual with certain skills to work as an employee that desired entirely different set of skills. Experts say that a possible reason that such a condition has aroused might be the lag time taken by the employers to inform the immigration authorities regarding the skills they demand.

The need of the hour is a closely knit working of the immigration and employment policies. Sadly, the current market situations do not support this ecosystem design

How to coordinate the immigration & employment in Australia?

To reduce the skill wastage, it is important for the Australia immigration and employment policies to be run hand-in-hand. This could be done by effective communication pertaining to skills needed and immigrant entry between the two departments. Both the departments must be provided with paramount training to overcome the communication and coordination gap.

Both the department must then, work on a data management system where the type of skills available, required and skills opening must be tabulated and processed. This will help in developing solutions for employment issues in Australia.

The pint based system was introduced in 1988 and since then Australia has always been the top country to design immigrant policies that are in agreement with the labour market. The prime focus of the Australian Immigration Policy is to attract more and more educated migrants to enrich the labour market.

However, the reports suggest that following this policy is resulting in high wastage of skills. This makes Australia stand in queue with countries that aren’t following such reformed immigration policies. If not attended in time, this might create a problem for local as well migrant employees in Australia

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