Successful businesses know that the quality of their talent is what ensures their companies thrive. However with the lowest unemployment rate in years (at 3.4%*) employers face a competitive recruitment process to secure excellent professionals in this candidate-tight market.
What’s your plan for attracting the best? Global talent may be the answer.
Our Managing Director, Sarah Thapa, says it’s time to get ready for the growing mobility in our labour market. Which is why we have taken the opportunity during the past 12 months to expand our service offerings to include international talent sourcing solutions through the Global Talent Agency, hiring remote teams through our Employer of Record partners, providing on-hire sponsorship services, and managing exit processes for talent from the Philippines to come to Australia.
In short, The Migration Agency is now able to provide end-to-end global talent solutions, relocation and settlement services for employers.
Policy mechanisms gearing up for 2023
The National Skills Commission, Australia’s leading advice agency on the labour market, has signalled significant skills shortages across all industries. Engineering and trade, IT and other technology and allied health are of particular interest.
In turn, the Department of Home Affairs has announced a comprehensive review of our migration system, demonstrating that the Department is rethinking its approach to mobilising talent into Australia.
These major migration policy initiatives and a focus on attracting emerging skill sets to Australia, indicate that Australian businesses need to be ready for change in 2023. This means understanding the many benefits of engaging international talent and being proactive with a plan for employing leading professionals from across the globe.
Full service strategic solution: talent mapping, sourcing and immigration
As HR managers take stock of their organisation’s skills shortages, the time has come for employers to broaden their horizons and think globally.
“The Migration Agency is much more than a transactional agent, it is a customer-focused business which seeks to be the trusted immigration business partner to its clients. Our entire service model is engineered around the customer experience. Together with the Global Talent Agency, which has the networks and capabilities to access overseas talent, we can provide an end-to-end solution to make a real change to our client’s business,” says Sarah.
“We like to see ourselves as an immigration business partner and strategist rather than an immigration agency. We take time to understand our client’s business goals and come up with creative strategic solutions to bring in the right people to fulfil those goals.”
Global Talent Agency has similarly tailored its offering to support end-to-end global talent acquisition with services including remote work solutions and administering departure processes with the Philippines Ministry for Labour.
Optimising immigration programs for clients
“The Migration Agency is deliberately structured so that our lawyers focus on relationships with our clients. We take our time to understand their business, in addition to managing visa processes and compliance. This is the value add. And, we have a proven process that helps clients get the most out of their immigration program which starts with mapping out a robust strategy before we start the execution,” says Sarah.
What does this look like in practice?
For example, many of our clients face challenges with the current eligible list of occupations for work visas not keeping up with the rate of change in the market. New skills have emerged and diversified. A marketing or IT professional isn’t just that, there is a myriad of specialisations for these types of experts. Understanding this, The Migration Agency team looks for ways to go beyond the traditional occupations list and look for more bespoke solutions and alternative visa pathways.
Nowadays, a multi-pronged approach is required, leveraging all visa pathways available from standard skilled work visas to regional work visas, training visas for emerging talent and labour agreements for niche skills that are otherwise ineligible for a visa.
Ongoing service for a worthwhile investment
If you’ve made an investment into an immigration program and sponsoring team members on visas, you want to ensure you have the right retention policies in place so you don’t lose your candidate to the competitive market. To ensure the longevity of their employee sponsorships, The Migration Agency supports employers beyond the moment their employees land in Australia.
“Our supportive team will provide holistic advice about visa pathways for your employees including permanent residence, as well as visa compliance requirements, which offers peace of mind,” says Sarah.
“We also connect our clients to our trusted network of legal, commercial and employer relations partners to provide support with any issues behind the scenes, so clients can focus on running your business. We believe that commercial and immigration best practices go hand-in-hand.“
Meaningful change in two success stories
“One of our allied health clients, who was heavily involved in the day-to-day of the business, was too time poor to recruit and the company could not compete with bigger operators,” said Sarah.
“When they deployed a global talent strategy with us, it was a game changer. The owner was able to delegate and elevate to work on the future of the business and the company saw enormous growth.”
In another example, Sarah explained how access to crucial talent can mean a business gets the capacity to go global: “One of our tech start-up clients employed their first software engineer from Iran – a huge investment for the business at that time, given its early stages. But it was essential for the business to secure funding for growth.
“As a result, the engineer’s arrival in Australia enabled the start-up to access venture capital and government funding, build a full software team and sell the company to a multinational for $70 million. It was exciting to read about our client’s success in the media and know that we had played a role in helping them to scale up,” she said.
If your business needs immigration and global talent support, please register your interest in a complementary consult with Sarah and her highly skilled team.
* Source: https://labourmarketinsights.gov.au/