Few industries and sectors have been left untouched by the pandemic. Australia’s hard border policies created very real and enduring difficulties with attracting, retaining and managing non-national participants in workforces across industry which had previously had substantial representation from these skilled workers.
As these border restrictions ease, logistical obstacles such as relocation management, differing border considerations, cost impacts and quarantine requirements will become simpler. Reintegrating into a global labour supply chain is not as simple as relighting previously established infrastructure to service this sector.
During the preceding months, Mass has been busily engaging with our clients, industry stakeholders and international candidates to gauge prevailing attitudes and plans to relaunch Australia and its businesses as an expatriation destination of choice
Australia remains a highly attractive destination for international workers. Broadly speaking, Australia’s management of the pandemic has been seen as a success, from both an economic and health perspective. By comparison to several western economies, Australia has not been as substantially impacted. Non-national workers are aware of and attracted to Australia’s governance stability. Companies are well positioned to speak to Australia’s enduring stability in public policy and its appeal as a nation that has a high level of available health care.
There is broad awareness within the international labour market that Australia’s pandemic response was uneven with quarantine requirements.
All expatriates place high value upon mobility and the pandemic has not altered this. Global workers, drawn heavily from white collar backgrounds, have an awareness that Australia has had intra-national border restrictions as well as a hard external border that has presented great challenges to mobility. Companies should speak openly regarding Australia’s requirements for entry and exit, as well as speaking to broad, projected and continuing easing of these within all jurisdictions.
Lifestyle remains a key drawcard for international workforce participants, as well as buying power.
With inflation worldwide increasing substantially (and unevenly), Australia’s predominantly high wages within the white-collar sector remains a strong drawcard. With cost-of-living pressures rising globally, Australia’s remains comparatively balanced and stable – allowing companies to speak confidently about their value proposition for both salary and benefits packages.
For those Australian businesses who rely on access to international talent, the pandemic years have been difficult on multiple fronts. With restrictions easing, a focus on Australia’s comparative value proposition for potential expatriates should see industry able to tap back in to supply in this space with relative ease, while also acknowledging the changes in this core segment of the workforce landscape.
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