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Australia grapples with worker shortage after strict COVID rules

Australia is currently reviewing its entire immigration and visa system to increase its workforce.

The review will be published in February.

The country has had difficulty finding enough skilled and unskilled workers since closing its borders during COVID.

Australia is the country with the worst skills shortage.


Solotel, a waterfront restaurant and bar located under the Sydney Opera House is in dire need of staff.

Elliot Solomon, the chief executive of the company, stated that they urgently require wait staff, chefs, bartenders, and bartenders.

He said, “We have a few fine-dining restaurants but we don’t have enough staff to open them on certain days.”

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Solomon stated that wages have increased 25% over a year, and that servers are paid on average PS20 per hour.

Incentives for work include PS500 sign up bonuses and half-off food and beverages for employees and their family.

Image Solotel chief executive Elliot Solomon said that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find restaurant staff

Restaurants also offer accommodation and fly foreign staff to the country.

British backpacker Chloe Ankers, a British woman who traveled from Manchester to Cairns in March, moved to Sydney and is now based there.

She said, “There are many jobs up and down the coast.”

“The pay is incredible, it’s much better than back home.”

Image A British backpacker Chloe Ankers stated that there are ‘jobs all over’ in Australia

Because most foreigners prefer the beach over the bush, there are also staff shortages in remote and regional areas.

Before COVID, 80 percent of seasonal farm labour was supplied by backpackers.

Tongs of oranges lie three hundred miles west from Sydney, in Leeton. They are left to rot as there aren’t enough people to pick them.

Frank Mercuri, owner of Orchards, said that it was “devastating” with his company having lost 140,000 pounds worth of fruit.

These jobs aren’t being filled by Australians – the unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in 48 years.

It’s a labor market. National Australia Bank’s survey found that one third of businesses would like to hire more employees.

Nearly half a million workers are required in nearly every industry. This includes construction, technology, agriculture, mining, and hospitality. Teachers and nurses also need to be available.

Also, there is a shortage of tradespeople: plumbers, builders, mechanics and so on.

Cameron Virtue, a car workshop owner, is under immense pressure and can’t expand his business. He works a 70-hour work week because he doesn’t have enough technicians.

Image: Cameron Virtue is a car workshop owner

He stated that he believes we should look further afield, as I find that UK-trained techs are superior to what is available here.

Joel Swain, Mechanic, has no regrets about moving to Sydney from North Yorkshire.

Recently, he returned home to visit family and friends. He said that this was the “final nail in his coffin.”

He said, “You can see that people aren’t as happy in the UK and more and more friends are migrating to Asia and coming here for this life.”

Image Joel Swain, a North Yorkshire mechanic, came to Australia.

Australia doesn’t believe it needs to sell its country to migrants. It regards itself as the “lifestyle capital” of the world.

It had one of the worst COVID border closures anywhere in the world during the pandemic. The previous government also told backpackers and foreign students to “go home”.

These people are now facing sky-high international airfares for travel to this country.

Australia faces many challenges when it comes to immigration.


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