Hiring Skilled Migrants a Complex & Time Consuming Process For Mining Employers

The complexity of migration law and time consuming nature of the process is causing unease for employers in the Western Australian resources sector looking for skilled staff overseas. With major projects being planned for the region the skill shortage now risks impacting on the growth of the industry, and migrants are being taken on to fill the gaps.

Corporate immigration lawyer Ron Kessels has seen a rise in interest in employing staff from overseas, although believes employers are not always fully aware of the immigration laws that apply. The time invested by employers in arranging work visas, sponsorships and complex legal requirements are causing concerns to contractors needing to meet tight deadlines. Many employers are now investing in recruitment agencies to find staff for them, in a bid to save time and avoid heavy penalties associated with breaching legislation.

A survey by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) has revealed that 55.5 per cent of large companies in Australia are struggling to recruiting skilled staff, particularly in the construction, engineering and manufacturing industries. Some 70 per cent of the 511 companies surveyed stated that they would consider hiring staff from overseas, and over half had already done so.

The industry also faces the growing tension among unions and Australian’s keen to enter the mining industry who believe foreign workers are taking jobs opportunities off locals. Companies are coming under close scrutiny from unions who are particularly active in exposing alleged visa system abusers. To avoid heavily impacting the reputation of both the organisations and immigrants employers are being encouraged to ensure that they are fully compliant with applicable laws.

The shortage of skilled labour is not a new concern for Australia’s mining sector, although resource and energy professionals believe that the size and scope of upcoming projects will overwhelm the native workforce and risk growth and investment into the industry. Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting announced last month that they plan to import 1700 workers from overseas for its Roy Hill Iron Ore project in Pilbara, Western Australia, in order to get the project completed on time and on budget.

Recent government initiative has focused on building a training portfolio to attract and retain a skilled workforce. Training WA and Skilling WA are blueprints and development plans for training delivery and skilling over the next decade, with Training Together – Working Together being the comprehensive plan for Aboriginal training. Hon. Peter Collier, Minister for Energy; Training and Workforce Development; Indigenous Affairs has pledged his commitment to making training and skilling a priority area, and will speak in more depth about government plans at the WA Resources and Infrastructure Conference this September. Over 3000 Western Australian unionists marched last month against imported workers and a lack of training in the construction, forestry, mining and energy sectors.

Kessels will join Hon. Peter Collins as a speaker at the WA Resources and Infrastructure Conference, where he will provide delegates with solutions to the practical issues faced when employing staff from overseas. The annual conference being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 12-13th September 2012 will also highlight planned major infrastructure projects and identify other concerns in Western Australia’s energy and resources sector.

For more information, visit http://www.wainfrastructure.com.au


Australian Banking & Financial Industry is coming together in Sydney to witness the next frontier in technology advancement

The key drivers in the future roadmap of the banking and financial services sector will be the desire for great customer centricity and the push to consolidate financial technology and operations. Major advancements in this sector include, but are not limited to the consolidation and use-as-you-please systems and the integration of social media and cloud computing. Computer savvy customers continue with their insatiable appetite for technology consumption and their need for immediate responses to their requests.  Though fostering trust and recapturing loyalty among the discerning customer base will remain a challenge for financial services organizations, this seismic shift cannot be ignored any longer.

The Australian Banking & Financial Technology Innovation Summit 2012 will be held on 17-18 September 2012 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney NSW Australia. Over 150 delegates have already confirmed attendance including senior decision makers from ANZ, CBA, NAB, Westpac, ME Bank, Rabobank, Bankwest, Arab Bank, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank,  Suncorp, Mortgage Choice, CGU, KPMG, Homeloans, National Mortgage Company, RAMS and many others. This banking conference will address issues that are driving the aforementioned changes and forecast emerging trends in the financial sector as well as view the latest systems in technology. It presents an excellent opportunity to learn from the experts about the future landscape in financial technology, the challenges of maintaining customer centricity, measure the seismic shift in banking technology, and capitalize on what is driving the change in today’s banking world.

The Australian Banking & Financial Technology Innovation Summit will provide its delegates with a platform to learn of the latest trends in place and the opportunities that exist to drive change through innovation now and into the future. An impressive line-up of speakers from this exciting industry of banking and finance will deliver an informative and exciting program and help attendees discover the next frontier in smart banking. User-friendly online services and 24/7 access is now the norm so customer- centricity focus for banking and financial organisations is the key factor in maintaining a competitive edge. They will need to allow more centralisation of IT and operations, enabling them to reap the benefits of technology innovations like cloud computing.

The sponsors and partners of this banking conference are Planit, Sophos, IBM, Infosys, SAS, Broadridge, Epsilon, Sterling Products, FileOptics International, Target Harlosh, Informatica, Axcess, KAL, Equitable Financial Solutions (EFSOL), MicroStrategy, and datalicious.

Financial organisations can no longer maintain the traditional parameter-style defences around their corporate networks. There is a need for transformation in banking technology and financial technology. Business optimisation is gaining momentum amid market pressures and growth in super regions like Asia. Asian multinationals are also driving economic growth with aggressive global expansion strategies and are innovative users of technology.

For more information, visit http://www.bankingsummit.com.au