POEA: Workforce shortage in Australia

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA encourages more Filipinos to apply for job opportunities in Australia this year and that to take advantage of the shortage of workers in the mining, manufacturing and nursing sectors. Between 2009 and 2011, Australia took about 108,000 skilled migrants, and between 2011 and 2012, a 17% increase is planned, with the Federal Government projecting another 2.4 million migrant skilled workers in the next four years. With Australia’s “huge skills crisis,” the number of workers under the “Skilled Migration Scheme” is capped at 180,000 every year, showing that there is still plenty of territories and possibilities to explore. Australia is still one of the least explored frontiers for skilled Filipino professionals and workers wanting to work in a developed economy offering decent pay. So, POEA emphasized that this is time to provide a concrete solutions to the growing number of under-employed and jobless Filipinos.