R&CA welcomes government’s new visa program

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa to be introduced in March 2018.

R&CA CEO John Hart stressed the importance of maintaining sufficient streams of skilled migration in alleviating the chronic skills shortages affecting the hospitality sector.

“The impact of Australia’s massive skills shortages is being acutely felt by the hospitality sector because of its heavy reliance on labour.

“As the highest employment growth sector in the Australian economy, having an effective and well-designed skilled migration system is critical in meeting the demand for skilled labour among employers. The café and restaurant sector alone is projected to generate 84,300 jobs by November 2020.

“What’s clear is that the local workforce on its own won’t be able to meet this demand so hospitality employers need to be able to access overseas labour to plug this gap,” said Mr Hart.

Mr Hart also said that the skill sets of overseas workers have greatly enhanced the local workforce in the hospitality sector and have assisted young Australian apprentices in obtaining jobs.

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