Right now there is a drought of suitable candidates in the worlds of advertising and technology. Australia’s success in managing Covid has led to a much faster economic recovery than many thought would happen 12 months ago.
The challenge is that our borders have closed to basically all temporary visa holders.
What this means is that as at May 2021, Australia is down around 250,000 Working Holiday visa holders. These Working Holidays have often been the go-to for certain positions in ad land, particularly in account management. Consequently there is a huge number of advertised positions with few if any candidates.
This situation won’t improve any time soon as the borders remain closed, however once they do open, there will be a mad scamble to secure the best talent to fill the numerous open roles.
So what can you do right now to make sure you’re ready to go when we have talent coming back in the country and you want to employ them full time?
The main thing is to get set up as a Standard Business Sponsor.
Employers who are approved Standard Business Sponsors may nominate skilled overseas workers to live and work in Australia on subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visas. The scheme is designed to assist employers who are unable to meet their skilled Australian workforce needs from the local labour market. The minimum requirements for standard business sponsorship, along with the requirements for associated nomination and visa applications, is that your business must be actively and lawfully operating in Australia.
To prove this requires the submission of evidence to the Department of Home Affairs to support this application along with details of the business.
The Department of Home Affairs charges $420 for the application and provided the relevant information is provided in the correct format, decisions are made relatively quickly.
Once approved, this sponsorship is valid for five years, without a cap on how many people you can sponsor.
Once the borders re-open, it’s a safe assumption that the Department of Home Affairs will be flooded with applications. This will slow down the processing times and subsequently your business’ ability to sponsor that great candidate you’ve got lined up.
If you’d like to know more about becoming a Standard Business Sponsor or even to start the process, get in touch and we would be happy to help.