London, UK (February 28, 2013) (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
A poll carried out by the Australia Immigration Forum, a forum for expats looking to move to Australia, which took in 1,001 votes, has confirmed that the majority of expats looking to move to Australia are targeting household incomes in excess of AU$100,000. As the European and North American economies continue to struggle it seems that Australia is becoming an ever stronger magnet for expats around the world.
Bob Sheth, of the AustraliaForum.com website, commented upon the results suggesting that "The Australian government's skilled workers visa policy seems to be encouraging expats to aim for the top jobs in Australia. A slim majority of 33.87% are targeting household incomes in excess of AU$100,000 with 30.17% of those who took part in the vote targeting income of between AU$80,000 and AU$100,000."
This online vote is certain to cause friction between the Australian government and the Australian unions who have been at loggerheads for some time with regards to the import of skilled labour. The government is adamant more skilled labour is required to fill a variety of skills gaps in the domestic Australian market while unions claim the domestic workforce is being overlooked in favour of more expensive expats. This poll will feed concerns that the domestic Australian workforce is being edged out of the more highly paid jobs in Australia in favour of their overseas counterparts.
Bob Sheth confirmed that "Despite the fact there is a recession in Europe and the USA is still struggling it seems that it is full speed ahead for the Australian employment market. Indeed of the top five voting expat groups it was only those from the United Arab Emirates who set their sights a little lower at between AU$80,000 and AU$100,000. This is certain to cause more arguments between the Australian government and the unions who are adamant that the government needs to do more to encourage the local workforce to learn new skills and expand their employment experiences."
When you consider for example that the average individual income in the UK is around £26,500, the equivalent of AU$100,000 is nearly £68,000. Even if you were to split this between two individuals per household it still equates to an average income of £34,000 per person. There are those who would argue that in the current economic environment why are Australian mining companies, and other industries, offering highly paid positions to oversee skilled workers still prepared to pay top dollar?
Historically Australia has been very welcoming of expats from around the world and indeed experts believe the economy would not be as strong today without their input. However, there is a growing belief that more investment in training is required, more positions should be reserved for the domestic Australian workforce and indeed the influx of highly skilled and highly experienced individuals is nothing but a short-term solution to a long-term problem.
The fact that so many expats have such high targets for their income upon moving to the country begs the question, who is feeding these expectations and are they feasible?
Mark Benson, Editor, Australia Forum, The Moving To Australia Forum
Tel: (01259) 726 669
Note to Editors:
1. This research poll was carried out online, on the australiaforum.com and expatforum.com websites, between 2 February 2013 and 24 February 2013.
2. The data was collected, verified and analysed by PollDaddy.com enabling the analysis of the overall vote together with a breakdown between various expat groups. The poll results can be viewed at https://polldaddy.com/poll/6874348/.
3. The poll was open to members and non-members of the australiaforum.com and the expatforum.com websites and the number of votes totalled 1,001.
4. Votes were received from 72 different countries.
5. The breakdown of the votes was, Up to AU$40,000 received 43 votes, AU$40,000 - AU$60,000 received 104 votes, AU$60,000 - AU$80,000 received 188 votes, AU$80,000 - AU$100,000 received 302 votes, Over AU$100,000 received 339 votes and other received 25 votes