Darwin faces a ‘critical’ shortage of tradies and workers

Construction worker. PICTURE: Thinkstock.

Construction worker. PICTURE: Thinkstock. Source: Supplied

DARWIN Chamber of Commerce CEO Greg Bicknell has labelled the lack of workers in Darwin “critical” and has described the process to obtain the Federal Government’s regional permit visa as a “bureaucratic quagmire”.

Earlier this month, Chief Minister Adam Giles met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott to discuss establishing a regional migration agreement, whereby the Northern Territory would fly in 2500 migrant workers on a temporary visa.

Over the past five years, the unemployment rate in the Northern Territory has sat at under 2 per cent.

“There are more opportunities than there are people,” Mr Giles said.

Mr Bicknell said advertised jobs were remaining vacant for months without one applicant.

“This is critical. The actual building of the gas plant has started and I know tradies sitting on the employment list for years and they’re starting to get taken up. If there is a migration permit we can fill those jobs,” Mr Bicknell said.

The idea for a temporary migration visa was raised three years ago by the Chamber of Commerce, which lobbied the then Labor government.

The Country Liberals Government lobbied for 1100 workers to be imported into Northern Australia over the past two years, but to no avail.

“This has been going on for years now – it’s a bureaucratic quagmire,” Mr Bicknell said.

“The work (Inpex) is doing is never going to be permanent. If people have moved in to fill these jobs permanently then there is going to be no work once these Inpex workers return back to Darwin. It’s common sense.”

While Mr Giles said the Government was committed to giving Australians the first pick, it was a struggle to push workers from other states to the Northern Territory.

“It’s a difficult position. We have to make sure we look after Australia first,” he said.

However Mr Giles said he was positive the Federal Government was listening.

“We think the new Federal Government is responsive to our requests,” he said.

“It’s something we’d like resolved now – there are too many job vacancies here and we want that fixed.”

Read more http://www.ntnews.com.au/business/darwin-faces-a-critical-shortage-of-tradies-and-workers/story-fnk2tq5v-1226934418753

About CELOTTI WORKFORCE
LABOUR HIRE & RECRUITMENT AGENCY SERVICING THE BUILDING, INFRASTRUCTURE AND RESOURCE SECTORS

2 Responses to Darwin faces a ‘critical’ shortage of tradies and workers

  1. Andres Giraldo says:

    Could you provide name of companies looking for HR drivers or G3neral labourers up in Darwin or NT please
    Thanks

  2. James Green says:

    Hi Suzie. I was just looking for more information on job vacancies in Darwin. could you please email me for further information. FIFO or relocation. Was just reading on your site about it.

    Would be great to here more.

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