Up to 3 500 skilled vacancies are expected to exist in South Australia’s northern suburbs by the end of this year according to a recent Adelaide University study published in The Advertiser.
The information is of particular concern to local employers; the study revealing one in five companies saying that technicians and tradespeople are particularly highly sought-after in the area, and unable to be sourced locally.
“The highest demand comes from the construction industry, an area which auto workers are likely to be able to transition into if investment in infrastructure remains high over the next five year,” said Associate Professor John Spoehr.
However with the Federal Budget slashing $400 million from State training and education funds, opportunities for employers to up skill existing staff has been severely restricted.
Managing Director of Migration Solutions, Mark Glazbrook, says the study proves the importance for employers to have access to skilled migrants in order to cope with skill shortages.
“This study reveals how crucial it is for South Australian employers to have access to a strong migration program that isn’t restricted by red tape,” he said.
“The fluctuating nature of demand in a number of industries here in South Australia means that temporary migration programs, such as the 457 visa, are critical to the success of many businesses.
“Training opportunities and employment of young Australians must be the first priority. However training and up-skilling can be a lengthy process, and in the meantime skilled migrants can provide a perfect stop-gap measure that enables businesses to continue growing, expanding and ultimately creating more jobs and economic opportunities for South Australians.”