Two-Thirds Of Recent Migrants Have Jobs

18:38' 20-06-2017
Figures recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that about 65% of Australias 1.7 million recent migrants and temporary residents were employed in November 2016.
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    The 2016 Characteristics of Recent Migrants Survey collected information about migrant employment, education and household income of those who have arrived in Australia over the past 10 years. The majority of recent migrants (81%) were aged 20-44 years on arrival.

    Recent migrants are defined as people who were born overseas, first arrived to live in Australia (for one year or more) after 2006, were aged 15 years or over on arrival, were not an Australian or New Zealand citizen on arrival, do not currently hold New Zealand citizenship and have permanent Australian resident status. Temporary residents differ from recent migrants in that they have a temporary visa, not a permanent visa.

    Almost one third (31%) of recent migrants with a job in Australia reported difficulties in finding their first job. The most common reason was a lack of local work experience and references (65%), followed by a lack of local contacts or networks (31%). About a quarter experienced language difficulties.

    Nearly half received help to find their first job, with 74% of those getting most help from friends or family. Centrelink or employment services providers helped 17%. “Around 9% of recent migrants arrived with their employment confirmed, while 46% spent up to three months looking for their first job,” said Denise Carlton, Program Manager of Population Statistics at the ABS.

    Overall, men were more likely to be employed full time than women, with 87% of employed male migrants with Australian citizenship employed full time compared with 68% of females. The ratios are similar for permanent visa holders and temporary residents. The unemployment rate for recent migrants and temporary residents was 7.4%, compared with 5.4% for people born in Australia.

    Around 65% arrived in Australia with a non-school qualification. Over three quarters (76%) of these held a Bachelor Degree or higher. Approximately one third (36%) obtained a non-school qualification after arrival, half of these being a Bachelor Degree or higher.

    Most recent migrants (84%) said wages and salary were their main source of household income. Less than 10% said Australian or overseas government pensions or allowances were their main source of household income.

    Further details are available from the ABS website www.abs.gov.au.

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