What is the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) migration program?
This visa program enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers are unable to source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. Workers can stay from 2 to 4 years on a temporary visa, with possible extensions of their employment and stay duration and pathways for permanent residence.
Why many Australian businesses are choosing to employ skilled workers from overseas
Hiring skilled workers from overseas can offer a wide range of benefits to employers.
Retention: Overseas workers hired on Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 visas are attached to their sponsor for the duration of the visa, which tends to result in higher levels of loyalty and commitment if they are treated fairly. Employers who implement a good retention plan for their migrant employees can strengthen the bond between themselves and their workers, promoting workforce stability. This is especially important for growing businesses who are concerned about losing employees to competition and experiencing high turnover rates among local employees.
Stability on Wages/Company Cost: Overseas workers hired on TSS Subclass 482 visas have a fixed employment remuneration negotiated at the beginning of their 2 – 4 year contracts. Although the initial recruitment and visa costs may be higher in some instances, businesses can be assured that there will be no ongoing costs in terms of wage hikes during the period of their employment on a TSS visa, as businesses commit to a salary to the Department of Immigration.
Increased Productivity: Working with a diverse workforce can stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving. Foreign workers bring different perspectives and are often more adaptable to different leadership styles and team dynamics. Many migrant workers have skills and experience obtained from overseas employment in various countries, making them flexible and able to think outside the box. They are determined and resilient to work under different circumstances, boosting productivity whether working independently or in diverse groups.
Diverse and Foreign Knowledge: Diverse teams tend to be more productive and perform better. Employers who hire people from different cultures and countries can benefit from their drive, initiative, and advanced social skills. Migrant workers are often bilingual, with English as their second language, which is a valuable asset when they interact with English-speaking colleagues and clients. It is worth noting that English language proficiency is a strict requirement when selecting candidates.
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The highly experienced team of visa and migration experts at Perdaman Global Services (PGS) can provide in-depth, actionable advice for navigating the whole process from application to approval. We can help you weigh the advantages of different visa options, check eligibility criteria, navigate the regulations and requirements of different countries, and build personalised strategies that will address your company’s needs. PGS can even source, assess, process, and mobilise skilled workers from overseas to address skill shortages in your business, with candidates available for a broad range of industries and more joining every day.