High-skilled occupation in demand by businesses, employer-sponsored visas

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The characteristics of a high-skilled occupation is that they are mainly in cognitive-intense roles performing non-routine tasks. Analytical, cognitive, social, management and maths skills are the most utilised by those in highly skilled ANZSCO level 1 jobs.

Technological change means that many lower-skilled jobs are increasingly becoming redundant. As new technology reduces the demand for less-skilled workers, it is also enabling high-skill workers to undertake more non-routine cognitive and interactive tasks, raising their productivity and in turn, the demand for these workers. This trend is likely to continue as the technological change spanning all sectors throughout Australia will not abate any time soon.

Employer-sponsored programs such as the temporary skilled visa system (subclass 482 or TSS) was established to provide Australian workers with first priority for jobs while allowing businesses to access the skills they need to grow when Australian workers are not made available. Superseding the subclass 457, the TSS is known to be the most common visa for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to work temporarily in Australia.

For businesses, the defining characteristic of employer-sponsored migration is the use of market-based employer processes to select potential migrants. As employers in Australia seek to sponsor foreign workers for temporary and permanent residence to fill genuine job vacancies in their businesses, these visa programs have become highly responsive to labour market demands, and are therefore good for Australia as they are expected to be the best performing visa category in terms of employment and economic outcomes.

With the creation of a short-term stream within the TSS, targeting genuine skills shortages have been more effective, whilst concerns have been raised about the length of stay available and the lack of options to convert temporary skilled visa roles into permanent migration outcomes.

Restricted permanent residency pathways from the TSS route can negatively impact on the competitiveness of Australia when compared to countries such as Canada that provide greater opportunities in that regard.

Sellanes Clark and Associates work with potential migrant applicants to co-design practicable migration pathways to help them establish themselves in Australia on a permanent basis. Get in touch using our website form for professional consultation about your migration options.

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