The Australian government has announced day that recruitment consultants will remain on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), but with a significantly increased income threshold of $90,000. This will be made available to businesses with a minimum $1 million turnover and five employees.
The RCSA says it is pleased the government has kept the occupation on the STSOL, but says the change to the income threshold will present a challenge for the sector.
The RCSA was vocal in its opposition to the removal of recruitment consultants from the STSOL. In addition to participating in the submission process, the organisation met with the Department and the relevant Ministers’ offices to articulate the sectors’ concerns.
The RCSA has said the government has expressed a desire to work with them over the coming months to better understand the sector, its needs and challenges in relation to skilled labour before the next review in July.
While the RCSA thinks the change to the income threshold is disappointing, the inclusion of recruitment consultants on the STSOL is important. The industry body has resolved to continue working with the government in presenting the case for the reduction of the income threshold.
To that end, the organisation is welcoming any evidence or information recruiters can provide that illustrates the challenges of a $90,000 income threshold, along with any evidence that demonstrates sector skills shortages to help inform those ongoing discussions.