If you’re looking for a skilled worker and the local talent pool doesn’t have the ‘right’ person for the job… That is, the ideal candidate with specialist knowledge, skills, qualifications and work experience, then you might want to consider sponsoring a skilled worker from overseas.
So how does an employer find a suitably skilled overseas worker, willing to relocate to Australia? There are a number of avenues that can be explored to ensure that the job will be filled by the best possible candidate.
One of the more obvious outlets to advertise a job is on large job searching websites. These websites aren’t just for local business looking for local talent, websites like Seek.com.au allow for the posting of jobs that connect to potentialskilled workers. Posting on large job search sites will greatly increase the amount of applicants from overseas. However, the one downside is that you’ll have to sift through a lot of resumes..
Another option to posting advertisements on large job search websites, is to engage the services of recruitment agencies. Recruitment agencies work by assessing the needs and skill set requirements of their client companies and pairing them up with candidates that exhibit those skills. Some employers prefer to engage the services of a recruitment agency as they perform the vetting process for you and only send potential employees that meet your specifics. One issue that can occur is the infrequency of employees that are provided by an agency. Unless you’ve paid for advertising, only when a candidate fit your requirements will they be sent to you. So it may be that the wait time to see any potential candidates is longer than if you chose to advertise yourself online. Additionally, recruitment agencies will charge fees for their services. The costs involved with using an agency must be taken into consideration when looking at your recruitment and training budget.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Security (DIBP) have their own job matching service. SkillSelect is used by skilled migrants who wish to apply for a temporary and/or permanent skilled visa to live and work in Australia. In submitting an Expression of Interest (EoI) the skilled migrant is able to specify that they are open to offers of relevant employment and sponsorship. As an employer with a valid AUSKEY you can search through potential candidates and make contact with them to discuss employment and sponsorship. SkillSelect aligns with Australia’s visa and migration programs and only certain occupations will be available for you to employ and sponsor a worker in. While the SkillSelect Service is recommended it is advisable to look further afield as your industry or sector may not be a high priority for the Australian economy.
Once you’ve found your ideal candidate you’ll need to sponsor their employment. If the position in your business is an ongoing long term role, the most common pathway is via the Temporary (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa program. Eligible businesses must be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor before they can nominate a skilled overseas worker for sponsorship. Standard Business Sponsors are able to nominate skilled workers for a period of 5 years. During the sponsorship approval period, you’ll need to comply with a set of Sponsorship Obligations designed to ensure you maintain compliance. To become an ‘Accredited Sponsor’ your company must meet additional criteria, but you’ll reap the benefits, including quicker processing time and an additional year on your sponsorship approval.
If you’re looking for an employee with a particular set of skills and the local talent pool hasn’t got the resources you need then there is nothing wrong with searching abroad. In fact the Australian government values the contribution that skilled workers from foreign countries bring to our country and support the businesses who sponsor them.
For information on how to Expat International can assist you in becoming an approved business sponsor, please contact our visa team for your free 30 minute consultation.