Our Prime Minister has the view that “it is not acceptable that information technology jobs…should be such a big area of imported skills.”
The IT industry reacted strongly with comments like “there wouldn’t be an IT industry in Australia if it wasn’t for the fact that we could draw from overseas labour.”
The debate caused quite a bit of emotion which can happen when one party believes the other is ill-informed.
Clicks IT Recruitment has an on-hire Labour Agreement, which a “labour hire” firm like us is required to have before we can place a 457 visa holder with a client. Securing the agreement itself is a demanding process and sourcing workers from overseas is not a priority because from a recruitment point of view it takes more time and incurs more risk. Accordingly, 457 visa holders make up less than 1% of our on-hire workforce.
So, from our point of view the system seems to work ok as there is really no advantage for us to use 457 visas yet without them there would be some client requirements that we couldn’t meet.
Does the 457 visa scheme take IT jobs from Australians, or does it aid the development of technology business in Australia?