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Australians shun ‘dirty and menial work’ – tourism operators look to Asia

A "Hansonite view of the world" is holding us back from allowing larger numbers of working holiday-makers from countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive John Lee said yesterday.

The tourism industry in Australian has a nine per cent vacancy rate, which equals approximately 35,800 jobs Australia wide. Sixteen percent of these job vacancies are in the NT.

The outlook for this shortage is set to increase to 56,000 workers. Kitchen hands, waiters cafe and restaurant managers and chefs are the highest occupations in demand.

ABS data shows that bar attendants and barista workers fell by fifteen per cent (or 13,000) over the past year.

Even workers in the accommodation industry (hotels etc) fell by 6,000, which is a five per cent fall.

Submissions have been made to the government by the tourism industry in relation to working holiday visa’s.

From: Herald Sun, 18th September 2012

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