Overseas worker have more qualifications, data suggests

by Ray Clancy on March 12, 2012

in Australia Immigration

ABS finds two thirds of working age migrants possess academic or trade qualifications

More overseas workers possess academic or trade qualifications than native Australians, newly published figures show.

The data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that two thirds of all working age migrants possessed academic or trade qualifications in 2010/11.

According to the report, in 2011, 66% of all immigrants aged 15 to 64 years old possessed academic qualifications or trade qualifications compared to 56% of those born in Australia.

The figures also shows that the number of working age immigrants arriving in Australia with degree level qualifications has tripled, rising from 15% in the early 1990s to 44% in the last five years.

In general, it has been shown that workers with high level qualifications have more employment opportunities in Australia. The unemployment rate for individuals with a qualification in 2011 was 3.4% compared to a rate of 7.3% for those without a qualification.

But women are still at a disadvantage when it comes to fair work and pay, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). President Ged Kearney said that better pay, paid parental leave and equal opportunity laws are important advancements but there is still a deep rooted inequity that women continue to face at work.

She explained that the fundamental root of ongoing gender inequality was that too many women were trapped in insecure work.

‘It is true that without these essential rights and protections, women in Australian would be well and truly left behind, but unfortunately these things are not alone the answer to eliminating inequality,’ she said.

‘The gap between a man and woman’s income is still too high, at 17.6%, and is a very real beast preying on women’s lives. The gap continues to exist for many reasons including a lack of value of what is seen as women’s work, the fact men are more likely to ask for a pay rise and the reality that women often work less hours than men once they have children,’ she added.

She also said that thousands of employers perpetuate the problem by hiring under insecure terms and wrongly claim that women liked this type of work because it meant they could work casual hours and balance the job with family responsibilities. But the reality was women in insecure work did not have sick pay, annual leave and job security and often only learned of roster changes a week or days ahead of time.

According to ABS statistics, almost one third of all women workers are engaged as casuals and a significant proportion of these work irregular and unpredictable hours.

‘A lack of family friendly work arrangements, forcing many women into insecure work and the lack of rights that goes along with it, is a real driver of inequality,’ Kearney pointed out.

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