The Research Industry Council of Australia (RICA) has announced it will challenge the federal government’s recent decision to abolish 457 visas.
The removal of two positions from the eligible skilled occupation list – market research analyst and research and development manager – are critical skills sets relied upon by the Australian market and social research industry.
The RICA has strongly urged the government to reverse its decision to cut these positions from the skilled occupation list.
Lee Naylor, managing director at The Leading Edge, said: “RICA represents approximately 80 per cent of market and social research organisations in Australia, and over 4,000 full time employees.
“With the industry undergoing technological change and the opportunity for unparalleled growth, we simply can’t afford to lose the highly-skilled talent we currently recruit from overseas. These people are not taking jobs from Australians, but rather complementing the talent we already employ here.
“As an industry, we have invested in local talent and training, but we need overseas talent to ensure our local companies can compete on the global stage.”
Sarah Campbell, executive director at the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations, said:
“There is a talent shortage for particular research positions in our country, with member company CEOs reporting that some jobs requiring a very particular skill set can be advertised in Australia for over 12 months before being filled by a 457 visa employee.
“The removal of these two research positions from the eligible skilled occupation list is likely to hit our industry hard, and RICA will be heading to Canberra to request that they be reinstated.”
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