Workers on 457 visas: evidence from the Western Australian resources sector


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Author: Bahn, Susanne


This article shows that in 2011-2012 the Australian resources sector was challenged by sharp demands for experienced skilled workers. These shortages reflected the limited pool of specialised Australian skilled labour willing to relocate to Western Australia, the falling numbers of workers taking up apprenticeships and traineeships, and the lack of experience of new graduates. Under these conditions, resources firms actively sourced overseas skilled labour on temporary 457 visas. In 2013, the landscape is changing in that some resource projects have tapered off, Australian workers have...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Migration; Industry; Employment; Skills and knowledge; Labour market

Keywords: Migrants; Skilled migration; Skilled worker; Skill shortage; Working conditions; Labour shortage

Geographic subjects: Western Australia; Australia; Oceania

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: National Institute of Labour Studies, 2013

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Journal volume: 39

Journal number: 2

Journal date: 2013

Pages: pp. 34-58

ISSN: 0311-6336

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 113.1593

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