A lobby group for Australian IT workers has threatened to "name and shame" companies that it claims are exploiting the 457 visa system to bring in overseas workers at low salaries and keeping local IT graduates out.
Demand for IT professionals is at an historic high, according to a new employment report which reveals that demand is highest for contractors as companies look to increase or maintain their use of non-permanent labour.
Foreign IT workers are being imported into Australia in their thousands and paid significantly lower wages than qualified Australian IT professionals, many of whom often struggle to find jobs.
There might be more opportunities to secure a job in the IT sector this year, but salaries for IT professionals will barely rise despite employers’ plans to increase IT budgets.
The Australian Computer Society continues to beat the drum on what it claims is the on-going abuse of the 457 Visa system by companies hiring immigrant workers ahead of local ICT graduates or to replace retrenched, older ICT workers.
Construction, forestry and mining union, the CFMEU, says there is an urgent need for the federal government to implement legislation that would place a legal obligation on employers to prove no Australian workers are available before 457 visas are approved for temporary foreign workers.
There are fewer high level IT jobs advertised on jobs boards than at any time since GFC circa 2008, yet some self-interested parties still claim there is a skills shortage. Oh heck, let’s name names – Clarius, there is no IT skills shortage in Australia and if there is one thing this government has got right is its stated intention to crack down on unnecessary IT 457 visas
Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor has singled out the IT industry as an area that is receiving too many 457 visas.
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