Deloitte Welcomes Bi-Lateral Employment Initiative to Lessen Skills Shortage:

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American skilled workers are enticed to Australia

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Big4, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC, has noted a Deloitte discussion paper that came out last year has prompted some action in dealing with a skilled worker shortage in Australia. In Where is your next worker?, a proposed bi-lateral employment initiative received wide support from business and Government leaders. reports the recent announcement of a bi-lateral Australian employment initiative to encourage American skilled workers was influenced by the report. The initiative will play a role in meeting Australia’s current skills shortages in nominated skilled occupation areas such as engineers, surveyors, tradespeople and construction project managers.

David Rumbens, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics commented on the Australian situation.

“There is widespread recognition of the circumstances creating the shortage of specific skilled workers,” he said. “Global demand for Australia’s mineral resources is creating an unprecedented pipeline of investment projects, with Deloitte Access Economics’ December 2011 Investment Monitor listing $406 billion of mining projects underway or in planning.” also reports the need for skilled workers going forward is being heeded by the Australian government. Skills Australia’s 2011 Interim Report on Resources Sector Skills projected strong growth in short term project construction jobs, with up to 287,000 new workers required by 2016.

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