0403 Anonymous

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Is your organisation an Approved Sponsor for any of the following programs?
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa program
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) visa program
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa program
  • Labour agreements
Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Professional, Scientific and Technical
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
New South Wales


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.

It is incredibly hard to find good recruitment professionals, and here at Freelancer International Pty Ltd (ASX listed company behind Freelancer.com, Escrow.com and StartCon), the last three individuals who have been in charge of our Global Recruiting team have been British nationals sponsored under the Recruitment Consultant occupation.

This is not by design. The very reason why we are headquartered in Sydney and are listed on the ASX is because we are passionate proponents of the Australian technology scene, and what it can do for the Australian economy.

In other words, we actively pursue Australian talent, but as we are a growing business without venture funding, we can't always compete on salary with corporates or heavily backed startups. Thus, in a candidate short market (tech), we need the best recruitment professionals to source, attract and secure talented Australians to our business.

While recruitment does not require a specific qualification, that does not mean it is easy; recruiters - particularly tech recruiters - need intelligence and abstract thought to understand requirements, and high emotional intelligence to understand the people they are dealing with. Perhaps this sounds simple, but in reality it is not, and there just aren't many people -
Australian's or otherwise - with this makeup.

And so moving Recruitment Consultant to the MLTSSL is vital. Recruiters add tangible value to the economy - not just the agency industry - but the professionals working internally working to grow businesses. Our 457-sponsored recruiters have been, and continue to be, of intrinsic importance - without their skills in hiring the best talent, we couldn't grow, and we would add less to the Australian economy as a result. And we would hire less Australians!

In summary, there are not enough Australians with the required skillset to meet demand, and individuals with this skillset are in huge demand globally. We are shooting ourselves in the foot with this move.

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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