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1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?


What occupations should be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) to the MLTSSL.

223112 Recruitment Consultant

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the MLTSSL.

I have worked in the Australian recruitment industry as an IT / R&D consultant for thirty years and have witnessed considerable change over this time. One feature of the current market is that experienced recruitment consultants are in very short supply. These days, recruitment roles are not restricted to "recruitment agencies" but are found across nearly all medium to large enterprises in Australia. If you search using key terms such as "recruitment", "talent" or "hiring" on LinkedIn, for example, this is only too evident.

For example, on LinkedIn you will find that a company like Atlassian - a major Australian software house with around 2500 staff - employs 54 recruiters here and overseas with various titles (search for "recruitment", "talent", "hiring" and "recruiter").

It is notable that very few of the recruitment consultants employed by Atlassian have any relevant qualifications. Many are degree qualified but most of the degrees are not related to recruitment. Even Human Resources degrees, with their focus on high level strategy and employment law, offer little preparation - if any - for the day to day work of a recruitment consultant. (see e.g. www.csustudycentres.edu.au/courses-and-fees/business/bachelor-business-h...).

It is also a well known fact that the lifeblood of Australian recruitment sector is UK migrants. In Atlassian's Sydney office, for example, one third of the recruitment team of twelve hails from the UK. Personally, I can't think of any period in my career when there has not been a UK consultant in my workplace.

In summary, I strongly believe that removing "recruitment consultant" from the STSOL list would do immense harm to an occupation that is crucial to Australian industry and in very short supply. A current SEEK search results in 2 jobs for Psychotherapists, 199 for Tutors (both listed for addition to STSOL) and 1844 for recruitment consultants. These results speak for themselves.

2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?


3. Do you consider that occupations need to be removed from the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSSL) or the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

Do you have any supporting material for your submission?

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