Rate of Unemployment for Migrants to Australia.
The rate of Unemployment for recent migrants is normally higher than for long term Residents or citizens.
Comparative unemployment rates
9.0% Recent migrants on a permanent visa
7.0% Recent migrants (all visas)
5.4% people born in Australia
4.6% Temporary residents
4.3% Migrants with Australian citizenship
65% of the 1.5 million recent migrants and temporary residents were employed in November 2013.
73% of Migrants with Australian citizenship were employed (75% were full time)
60% of migrants on a permanent visa (74% were full time)
64% of temporary residents (65% were full time).
Around three quarters (73%) of Skilled migrants were employed as at November 2013.
Of the Skilled migrants who were the main applicant, 85% were employed.
About half (55%) of migrants on a Family visa.
About 70% of those on Other permanent visas were employed.
One Third of recent migrants reported some difficulty finding their first job.
Around one third (34%) of recent migrants who have had a job in Australia reported experiencing some difficulty finding their first job.
61% reported a lack of Australian work experience or references
33% experienced language difficulties
28% reported a lack of local contacts or networks
15% reported no jobs or vacancies in their locality or preferred occupation
15% said their skills or qualifications were not recognised
6250.0 – Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia, Nov 2013 (Released June 2014)