Since the closing of borders during the COVID pandemic, Australia told foreign students and backpackers to leave. Now the repercussions of that decision have put Australia in the running after Canada with the second-worst employee shortage.
Companies are offering signing bonuses and flying in skilled workers. A well-visited tourist waterfront bar in Sydney is crying out for staff. Urgent need for chefs, wait staff, bartenders and baristas as foreign students and backpackers on working holiday visas return to their home countries.
The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 48 years. This is a goal many South Africans wishes was our reality, but this is delaying the growth of the Australian economy. More than 500 000 workers are needed in every industry.
- Hospitality and Tourism
Even though Australia does not want to sell the country to migrants, it still needs to drastically adjust its processes to keep its spot as a rich and developed country. Australia has work to do, but their desperation for skilled workers is an opportunity for South Africans.
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