The Department of Employment’s (DoE) revised employment projections for May 2022 are staggering. Once again, the café, restaurant and takeaway food sector leads the way in terms of employment growth, generating 84,100 new jobs by 2022—the most of any industry sector. Overall, this represents growth of 13.8 per cent. What’s even more astounding is that our sector is expected to be responsible for 8.9 per cent of employment growth across all industries. Other hospitality industries listed in the Accommodation and Food Services subcategory such as pubs, taverns and bars are only expected to generate 13,500 positions between them.
Clearly, the local workforce on its own will be unable to meet this extraordinary demand for workers. Skilled migration will therefore continue to play a vital role over the next five years in providing sufficient levels of skilled and unskilled workers to help fill these positions. The DoE figures again demonstrate the imperative for government at both state and federal level to pursue policies which maximise Australia’s attractiveness as a destination for overseas migrants. To this end, the Association has put forward a submission on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s simplification of the Australian visa system, discussing streamlining the existing 99 different visa categories to a more manageable level.
Mark Scanlan, President
Restaurant & Catering Australia