Skilled Migration Paths To Australia

Why Become A Skilled Migrant In Australia

It’s no secret that there is a skilled labour force shortage in Australia, so this could be a very good reason to seek employment and residency in Australia through a Skilled Nominated Visa.

Skilled Occupation List

You can check if your skills are required for Australia’s workforce via the Skilled Occupation List, however to make the move Down Under, it’s advisable to seek the assistance of a migration agent to explain the ins and outs of applying for your Australian skilled visa.

The Benefits Of Skilled Migration To Australia

A research conducted by the Crawford School of Public Policy, part of Australia National University, revealed evidence that skilled professionals from English speaking countries earn more than the locals and foreigners from non-English speaking countries. These migrants also contributed to the economy of Australia, its annual productivity growth rate, and in the decrease in skill requirements.

Between 2006 and 2011, migrant skilled workers have met a third of the skill requirements in Australia. They also helped boost annual productivity by 0.2%. Positive effects of the increase of skilled migrants are further backed by the Migration and Population Growth report by the Productivity Commission.

Facts About Skilled Migration To Australia

  1. Skilled migrants, according to policy analyst Sue Regan, “enjoy a 6% wage advantage over people born in Australia”.
  2. In terms of earnings, migrants are more productive on average, than non-migrants.
  3. Holders of Skilled Independent, and Employer or State sponsored visas are paid a higher hourly wage compared to those holding a Family Visa. 
  4. Majority of migrants on Employer Sponsored Visas are employed.
  5. Foreign students from English speaking countries earn more than those from non-English speaking countries and domestic students.

It is a fact that proficiency in the English language is an important factor in how migrants perform in the labour market, along with their level and type of education. Since Australia has a shortage of skilled professionals, the arrival of skilled migrants from English speaking countries has definitely improved its economy.

The 6% wage advantage may not seem much between migrants and non-migrants in the same skill set, but it could add up substantially.

Not all migrants from English-speaking countries are enjoying the same benefits, however. Degree holders are paid less than their Australian counterparts. Many migrants on Family Visas are also unemployed.

Things to consider about taking Skilled Migration paths to Australia

You will need to perform certain tasks when applying for your visa for Australia, and for trades people, taking a Skills Assessment before doing so is an important part of the process.

In most cases, you will also need to perform an English language test (IELTS) to prove you have a proficient knowledge and use of the English language as required by The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

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