Cook and cafe or restaurant manager are still the most popular jobs for foreigners imported here on the controversial 457 skilled visa.
Herald Sun, by John Masanauskas, 22 August 2014
A total of 108,870 people with 457 visas were in Australia as of June 30, up slightly on the same time last year, according to a new Immigration Department report.
But the number of such visas granted in 2013-14 was about 25 per cent down on the previous year.
Unions and some migration experts are concerned about the high number of migrants on temporary visas who are allowed to work here amid a rising jobless rate.
It is estimated that at least one million such migrants have work rights, including 457 visa holders.
Across Australia about 52,000 people got 457 visas in 2013-14, with cook the number one job (2720 visas), followed by cafe or restaurant manager (2070), computer programmer (1900), marketing specialist (1470), university lecturer (1290 and GP (1270).
In Victoria, there were 960 cooks approved, 560 programmers, 430 cafe or restaurant managers, 370 lecturers and 350 IT business analysts, said the department’s Subclass 457 Quarterly Report.
Nationally, top source countries for 457 visa grants were India (23.3 per cent), UK (18.3 per cent) and Ireland (7.2 per cent).
Between May and June this year the number of applications rose by 9 per cent to 5010.