Nurse graduates ‘locked out’ of workforce as migrants get jobs

Australian-trained nurses and midwives are being locked out of the workforce as hospitals hire hundreds of skilled migrants every year, a new report reveals.
As many as 33 per cent of nurses and midwives who finished their training last year were jobless and many were employed as casuals and wanted more hours, said the report.
The national union representing 240,000 nurses, midwives and assistants warned the federal government that thousands of graduates missed out on jobs because healthcare employers were signing up foreign workers with temporary 457 visas.
As many as 33 per cent of nurses and midwives who finished their training last year were jobless and many were employed as casuals and wanted more hours, said the report.
Only 15 per cent of graduate respondents had found secure employment in the industry.
The findings underpinned the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s submission to a Senate inquiry into working visa schemes, raising concerns about employers accessing migrant workers while graduates were getting knocked back. 
Government figures show that about 3000 migrant workers were employed in 2011-12 and in 2012-13. That number fell to 1597 over the following 12 months and has continued to decline.

http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/nurse-graduates-locked-out-of-workforce-as-migrants-get-jobs-20150606-ghi9c8.html

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  1. Diane Wilson says:

    Another stupid f-ing result of an incompetent government. they should all be rounded up and dropped into the Simpson Desert with no food or water

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