NT attracting more skilled workers

Northern Territory Minister for Business, Economic and Regional Development, Paul Henderson has announced that the number of skilled migrants coming to the Territory has almost doubled since the Government launched its Business and Skilled Migration Strategy two years ago.

According to Mr Henderson, new figures show that in the first ten months of this financial year, 813 permanent and temporary skilled
migrants came to the Territory to take up jobs in skill shortage areas, compared to 445 in 2003-04.

NT businesses attract workers in face of international skills shortage

Mr Henderson said a serious international skills shortage makes it difficult for Territory businesses to find qualified staff.

“These figures show we are on track to meet our target of having 1% of skilled migrants to Australia coming to live and work in the Territory," Mr Henderson said. “The Territory’s economy is the fastest growing in Australia and our small to medium business confidence leads the national average by 10%."

"Skilled Migration Strategy" will make significant contribution to NT's development, says Henderson

Mr Henderson said that territory's "Skilled Migration Strategy "has in place a number of initiatives including:

* Support of local business to find the skilled workers they need to meet their growing demand through the "Jobs Plan";

* Attendance of staff from the Department of Business, Economic and Regional Development at skills expos across Europe and Asia to promote the Territory as an ideal place to live and work; and

* Provision of migration-related services to assist with recruitment from overseas and to retain skilled international workers who are currently in Australia on working holiday visas.

Mr Henderson said migrants have made a significant social and economic contribution to the Territory’s development and he wants to see more skilled migrants come to the Territory to work.

16 June, 2006

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