Monthly Archives: February 2013

Employment outcomes for skilled migrants

Employment advertisementThe unemployment rate of skilled migrants was just 5 per cent (a figure below the 5.7 per cent national unemployment rate) and their participation rate was 95 per cent. The vast majority of skilled migrants have therefore in a short period of time become active participants in the Australian labour market. The positive impact that this has on the workforce becomes more evident when one considers that only 65 per cent of Australia’s working age population are actually in the workforce.

Males performed better in the labour market than females. Although males and females had comparable unemployment and participation rates and a similar chance of finding skilled work there was a large earning differential – with males having full-time earnings that were almost $12,000 more than females. Read more »