IT Sector Argues on the 457 Visa System Changes

Resulting from the 457 visa systems changes which have recently been receiving criticisms from recruitment firms within the IT industry, more and more Australian overseas firms’ view that there will be fewer job recruitment in the future.

It was recently pointed out by the newly-appointed Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor that the 457 visa systems, as one of his primary points of business in the previous month, to be upholded strictly avoiding employers who prefer cheaper labor overseas over Australian workers.

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There are workers’ unions which have been open to the changes. However, recruiters from the IT sector argue that these just fail to address the issues on the outsourcing industry but in turn just encouraging it.

The chief executive of New Zealand and Australian IT recruitment and contract, Julie Mills, said those amended 457 changes already have enough restrictions that limit the changes and abuse. This is rather than the thought of encouraging firms to employ Australian workers but would push several employers to simply outsource these jobs offsite.

Julie Mills also said, “For all recruiters, including ICT, the opportunity to bring in skilled overseas workers requires a rigorous assessment of need visa the 457 labour agreement process – so the changes being discussed, I would suggest are already entrenched in the process for recruiting companies.”

“A bigger concern is the off shoring of ICT process and administration roles rather than the 457 visa program. The ICT sector and the contract and recruitment companies would always look to the local market across all states.”

Lastly, Ms. Mills said, “But if the right skills are not available in the right place then projects cannot wait until the talent re-skills or graduates – particularly in IT which is often central to any infrastructure and business development at both a government and private enterprise level.”

Source:  http://www.visabureau.com/australia/news/01-03-2013/it-industry-balks-at-457-visa-changes.aspx

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