Last week, Ashfords held the International Recruitment Seminar, teaching businesses how to coordinate importing talent from overseas in
response to the growing labour shortage in Australia. International recruitment has become more popular since the shortage of workers
in Australia began. Businesses are interested in increasing their team productivity, expanding their access to skilled talent and
diversifying their teams; all benefits brought from hiring international workers.
"Job vacancies have jumped 40% in 12 months, and ABS data shows there are approximately 470,000 unfilled jobs in Australia."
After a brief foreword from Ashfords Partner Ryan Dummett, expert presenters delved into what it takes to hire internationally.
Guest presenters Amanda Tinner and Sarah Loch Wilkinson from
Visa Executive presented the compliance needs of international
employers, the coordination of the immigration department and how business differs from work when hiring. Amanda and Sarah's expertise in
International Visa requirements shined during the seminar as they explained the considerations businesses need to take when hiring
Brenda Garrard Forster from HRAnywhere taught attendees
about the necessary legal considerations, including the Fair Work Act 2009. Brenda's expertise in how to engage, hire and import workers
from overseas, as well as her knowledge of compliance around International Visas and laws both international and local captivated
Ashfords' own Mark Vandergert spoke to attendees about how they can maximise and structure their taxation to accommodate
international workers both skilled and unskilled. Mark's presentation on the key matters that financially affect employers hiring
internationally taught attendees about the costs of international recruitment and what is and is not deductible by businesses.
Lastly, Jane Save from the Save Group shared her knowledge
and experience in helping international workers assimilate to the Australian lifestyle during her tenure as a restaurant owner. Jane taught
attendees that after getting international workers into the country, employers should also provide assistance in the setup of
accommodation, local social network as well as overall well-being while working in Australia.
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