Though Australia has scrapped 457 visas for skilled workers, the numbers of skilled foreigners looking for jobs increased by 30 percent for the month of April 2017 when compared with the same period in 2016.
Following the protectionist policies adopted by the United States and the United Kingdom, job seekers started looking towards Australia in the last one year, the latest analysis conducted by INDEED, a manpower consultancy, revealed.
The largest proportion of the increase in searches for jobs in Australia came from India, where a jump of 55 percent was seen, followed by Japan at 48 percent. Searches from nationals of the UAE, South Africa and Ireland increased by 26 percent, 22 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
On the other hand searches from the citizens of the US, the UK and Hong Kong decreased quite substantially.
Chris McDonald, INDEED Australia and New Zealand managing director, was quoted by Business Insider as saying that the analysis indicated prospects for employers to make the most of the increased interest from skilled foreign workers, including in sectors where certain skills are in short supply locally.
He said foreign job seekers set their sights first on countries where their skills are sought after and then contemplate if local policies would be amenable to them to work there.
McDonald added that the new president in France was trying to attract bankers, lawyers, IT specialists and accountants to shift to Paris from London as Brexit approaches.
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