• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 10/10/2011

Skilled Migration Survey

KPMG's annual skilled migration survey examines how Australian businesses are handling their headcount management and labour market pressures.

Skilled Migration Survey 2011 

The Skilled Migration Survey, conducted in July and August 2011, engaged 300 business respondents from across Australia, seeking to better understand the challenges businesses are facing in maintaining a productive and skilled labour force, and how they go about filling shortages.
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The survey suggests the continued growth of serious skill shortages and their spread beyond the resources and mining sectors, with 61 percent of respondents experiencing skills shortages during the past 12 months compared with 51 percent in 2010.


Key findings

  • Thirty-six percent of respondents have increased their skilled migration intake in the past 12 months, up from 25 percent over the same period in 2010.
  • Sixty-one percent of 2011 respondents reported experiencing skills shortages in the past 12 months, an increase of 10 percent from 2010.
  • Nearly a third of respondents said the skills they were seeking were not included on DIAC's occupation skills list – illustrating that the skills shortages have spread into the 'semi-skilled' category.