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With Ireland’s economy taking a nose-dive, and international financial markets in turmoil the labour market here is starting to look decidedly bleak in some sectors.
All of this upheaval is prompting increasing numbers of Irish workers to look further afield for career development opportunities to match their ambitions and to suit their lifestyle. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) predicts that the worsening economic climate at home will see some 30,000 Irish workers jumping ship to seek their fortunes abroad during 2009. ...
 
 
A month ago Chris Evans announced that Australia and Malaysia have signed a reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangement. It will allow 100 university graduates or students from each country who have completed two years of their course to work and holiday in the other country for up to 12 months. ...
 
 
Australia is a popular destination for our new Wild Geese, thanks in part to its booming economy (it will issue 200,000 skilled migrant visas this year to secure its current growth of 4%), but also thanks to its perceived friendliness, its weather, its quality of life, and the fact that it is an English speaking culture which will be relatively familiar to Irish people.
In the recent past, Australia (and, to a lesser extent, New Zealand) had become the destination of choice for recent graduates looking to try something new for a year – but even more recently, the Antipodes have become a popular destination for experienced professionals and tradespeople who are looking for an escape from high prices and bad weather at home. It is a happy coincidence that Australia is actively seeking immigrants – its Bureau of Statistics has revealed a record 183,400 jobs vacant in November of last year, and that number has been growing by roughly 15% a year – and that skilled immigration has been identified as the short-term solution. ...
Sunday Tribune
 
 
Couple's Anguish Over Big Move
A couple's dream of moving to Australia has been dashed after the boss of a visa processing firm fled Down Under herself.
Brian Mitchell, 36, and Kerry Lyons, 25, forked out £700 for Edinburgh firm Visa Connection to get the documents for their move.
But months later, they still have not received the visas - and boss Clare Molnar has started her own new life in Australia.
Brian and Kerry, of Alloa, claim they are just one of a string of unprocessed visa applications left by Molnar.
Brian said: "I asked repeatedly for proof of what stage our application is at and haven't had any feedback."
Kerry said: "The money we have paid may not seem like a lot but it is when you are saving for a new life."
Molnar, 31, set up Visa Connection with husband Peter four years ago - but two years later Peter and the firm's migration agent quit.
Molnar kept trading as normal until six weeks ago, when she rushed through the sale of her home in Broxburn, West Lothian, before jetting to Australia.
A statement on the firm's website describes a period of "transition". You can read it here.
Despite the claims, the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner - the regulatory body for UK migration services - said they have not received any complaints about the firm.
And HM Revenue and Customs said they were not aware of any investigation into Visa Connection. ...
Lauren Crooks www.dailyrecord.co.uk
 
 
Tired of hearing of the doom and gloom of the construction industry here in Ireland… why not look to greener fields in Australia and New Zealand. Australian unemployment has fallen to a 33-year low of 4.1% and is set to fall again!
 Australia's booming economy has been growing at more than 4% a year, and its facing a huge shortage of skilled labour, pushing up wages annually. ...
Sunday World
 
 
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In January 2008 the rate of unemployment in Australia rose to 4.4%. Immigration Minister Chris Evans is considering the option to allow more foreigners to enter the country and take advantage of the available job opportunities. ...
Visa First
 
 
Australia is a very wealthy country and it lacks only one resource - people. South Australia is on the verge of a massive economic boom based on mining industry. ...
 
 
Over 46,680 temporary work permits, known as subclass 457 visas, were issued to foreign skilled workers for the period 2006-07 alone.
Below are listed service sectors & industries with the highest skilled worker visa demand:
  • 16% of the overall count of 457 visas was issued to people working in health services.
  • 10% for people employed in communication services.
  • 10% for property related & business services.
  • 9% for manufacturing.
  • 9% for construction industry workers.
Australian employers are in constant search for skilled workers. ...
 
 
Australia's thriving economy has one downside, a shortfall in skilled labor spreading over a wide range of employment sectors. General Skilled Migration program is Australia’s way to engage migrants from all over the world to help relieve workforce shortages, where both trades men and and highly skilled professionals are required.
The system is divided into "visa subclasses", which are then broken into Onshore and Offshore categories.
  • Onshore visa subclasses are designed for individuals already legally residing in Australia using one of the other visas such as a student visa.
  • Applicants can apply for offshore visas from overseas or from within Australia; however, the applicant must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.
If you are an individual and you are interested in immigrating to Australia, you should refer to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) to see whether their occupation of interest is listed. ...
 
 
New Zealand Government officials expressed their concern regarding a British proposal to get rid of the UK Ancestry Visa.
There are officially announced plans to abolish the visa, which currently allows people whose grandparents were born in the United Kingdom to live there for up to 4 years.
According to Prime Minister Helen Clark the UK ancestry visa should remain in place as testimony to New Zealand's relationship with the United Kingdom. She says only about 25% of those who entered the UK on the visa are kiwis. ...
 
 
The UK is the first country to introduce the point based system back in 2002, also known as Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP). Migrants are able to enter the UK with this visa scheme with no need of a sponsor or previous job offer whatsoever. ...
 
 
Recent report of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship shows that Australia’s gap year program is more popular than ever.
10,000 additional Working Holiday Maker visas are expected to be issued by the end of this financial year. This is a huge increase, compared to the 145,000 visas issued by the Australian Government for the period 2007-2007.
In just under 5 years there is nearly a 10 times increase in the number of visas issued to Korean applicants. ...
 
 
1st of June 2008 is the deadline to obtain one of the 6000 recently released Australian skilled visas. If you wish to obtain such a visa, this is your chance for immigration to Australia. ...
 
 
THOUSANDS of jobs paying £70,000 a year are available in Australia for Irish tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters. The increased demand for natural resources is also creating an acute shortage of skilled workers in Australia’s mining industry. ...
 
 
Another 6,000 skilled migrants will be able to take their change abroad, since ongoing labor shortages are forcing Australia to expand the number of places in the skilled migration program to 108,500. 2007-2008 will be the busiest period yet. ...
 
 
Recently ASSA released report on Australia’s shortage of skilled workforce. The constant growing labor requirements can not be met by the current population at this level of immigration to Australia. ...
 
 
Australian immigration, already at a record high, will need to almost double to 316,000 by 2051 to meet labour market needs, but the country is ill prepared to deal with the increase, according to a new report.
The report by Professor Peter McDonald and Professor Glenn Withers from the Australian National University's Academy of Social Sciences has established that Australia needs skilled workers if it wants to maintain its adequate workforce and avoid future economic constraints. ...
 
 
According to a new report Skilled trades remain in short supply across Australia, increasing building costs and adding to housing affordability pressures.
The Housing Industry Association's (HIA) trades report for the final quarter of 2007 found all 13 residential construction trades surveyed are still in short supply. ...
 
 
If you're a scientist or engineer, your immigration decision could be the answer to Australia's energy, mining and pharmaceutical industries' pleads for more qualified professionals to migrate to Australia.
Immigrate not only to a better lifestyle, but also to a much more comfortable one. ...
 
 
Just over 200,000 British citizens left in 2006, according to the latest government figures.
The most popular European destination is Spain (14%) followed by France (10%). ...
 
 
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he willl consider making changes to Australia's migration policy as a way of addressing the skills shortage affecting the economy.
Earlier today Woodside officials in Karratha told Mr Rudd the company will need foreign workers as part of a major expansion of its North West gas processing plant. ...
 
 
With a record 775,300 people now in work “It is an All time high for SA jobs” the state government says.
Premier Mike Rann said full-time employment had also reached a record 535,600 with 2,300 new jobs created only in December. ...
 
 
The American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand stated that for the third consecutive year, US companies based in
New Zealand are waiting for more skilled workers. New Zealand has been facing labor shortages in the last few years and one of the possible solutions is to attract more skilled employees. ...
 
 
Figures issued in Tuesday showed more than 40,000 New Zealanders crossed the Tasman in the past 12 months. Economists said the situation could worsen in coming months if the Australian economy continued to be stronger than New Zealand's. ...
 
 
The Council of Trade Unions says the number of New Zealanders leaving to live and work in Australia will continue to climb unless wages rise.
Statistics New Zealand says the net migration of New Zealanders to Australia was 26,500 in the past 12 months - an increase of 7000 (26.4%) on the previous year. ...
 
 
Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that migration is increasing to South Australia. During the 12 months ending 31 March 2007, the Australian state recorded a net overseas migration gain of 12,600 people. ...