Recent research by internationally recognised migration expert from the University of Melbourne, Lesleyanne Hawthorne shows that the percentage of skilled migrants that were able to find employment in their field varied depending on their chosen course of study.
The percentage of recently arrived migrants who were able to find employment in their field of study:
- 66% studied Nursing
- 57% studied Medicine
- 29% studied Engineering
- Less than 10% studied Commerce
According to Ms Hawthorne, the percentage for Commerce graduates, particularly in Accounting, Business and IT graduates – could be relatively lower due to an ‘oversupplied’ market in these areas.
Skilled migrants arriving with a tertiary qualification are seeing better job prospects than 15 years ago, with recent ABS statistics confirming that since 2010, nearly 40% of migrants with a tertiary qualification are working in their field, compared with 20% of those who arrived before 2001.
The latest ABS statistics show that tertiary qualified migrants who arrived after 2010 currently make up 5% of Australia’s tertiary qualified workforce and 12% of labourers.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.