Manufacturing jobs among ‘most affected’ by 457 clampdown

Manufacturing is one of the industries that could be most affected by changes to temporary migration visas in Australia, according to statistics.

A report by the ABC shows that, of the occupations cut by the Turnbull Government this week, between July 2015 and June 2016 127 product managers would have been affected.

Human resources is the only occupation that hired more foreign nationals between those dates (135) on the 457 visa.

The number of occupations eligible for temporary visa status has been slashed from 651 to 435, a move designed to “put Australian workers first”.

A number of universities have also voiced “huge concerns” about the move, with the University of Sydney vice-chancellor Michael Spence warning there could be “unintended consequences” for cutting the 457 temporary visa.

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“They’re really not people flipping burgers,” Dr Spence told Fairfax Media. “If you are building world-class expertise in a cutting-edge area of science, you’re probably going to need to draw from a gene pool larger than 23 million.”

The research university has more than 300 staff on 457 visas, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, which equates to roughly 5 per cent of its total.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Go8 chairman Peter Hoj also said “the mere suggestion of Australia clamping down on academic mobility into Australia would be extremely damaging to academic recruitment in Australia”.