The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 Visa program was designed to address skills shortages, allowing Australian businesses access to global talent by sponsoring skilled workers from overseas to live and work in Australia on a temporary 482 visa.
The 482 Work Visa Australia is the most popular program and according to the migration planning levels announced early this year, there are 30,000 places added to Skilled Migration program which has 8,000 more allocations for Employer Sponsored Visas in 2022-2023 Financial year.
Even though there are just over 200 occupations each on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for the TSS 482 Visa program, certain occupations are clearly in greater demand than others.
Which Occupations are in high demand for Employer Sponsored 482 Work Visa Australia?
Based on 2021 statistics, the most popular occupations in the Employer Sponsored Program can be grouped into 4 key sectors:
- Health (Registered Nurse or General Practitioner)
- Finance and Accounting (Accountants )
- IT (Software Engineer) or ICT Business and Systems Analysts
- Trades (Chef and Automotive like Motor Mechanic)
Most of these occupations are classified in the ANZSCO classification guide as Skill Level 1 (the highest level).
Only 2 of the top 10 occupations are Skill Level 2 (Chefs) or Skill Level 3 (Cooks and Motor Mechanics).
Most of these occupations (except for Cooks) all come under the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), having the occupation on this list means that the visa holder can be sponsored for up to 4 years with a pathway to permanent residency from the 482 Visa.
From 1 July 2022, there is a new option for TSS 482 Short Term Visa holders to apply for Australian Permanent Residency 186 Visa so it is very important to check if your occupation is incuded on the MLTSSL.
There is no secret that IT professionals are in high demand and the most popular occupation group for sponsorship is Software and Applications Programmers.
This is followed by Registered Nurses and Accountants, with ICT Business and Systems Analysts and University Lecturers coming close behind.
Australian employers use standard business sponsorship and work visa Australia programs as the main tool to tap into the global talent. The ddemand is high andd this is demonstrated by the fact that half of the occupations from the key sectors are included on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) such as:
Accountant (General) (221111)
Management Accountant (221112)
Taxation Accountant (221113)
Civil Engineer (233211)
Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
Structural Engineer (233214)
Transport Engineer (233215)
General Practitioner (253111)
Resident Medical Officer (253112)
Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
Registered Nurses nec (254499)
Analyst Programmer (261311)
Developer Programmer (261312)
Software Engineer (261313)
Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)
ICT Security Specialist (262112)
Having an occupation on the PMSOL means that the Department of Home Affairs will give priority to the employer sponsored nomination and visa applications lodged under these occupations.
A quick search on one of Australia’s job sites revealed more than 15,800 registered nurse positions, 6, 058 for Software Engineer and over 2,500 for Mining Engineers.
If you have the right qualifications and work experience in the key sectors, you might be able to find a job in Australia. It is extremely important to choose the correct occupation and location if you plan to stay in Australia permanently.
That is why work visa Australia experts from VISA LOUNGE are here to help.
If you are skilled workers, book a free 20 minutes consultation to talk to one of our expert Registered Migration Agents about the Employer Sponsorship program and work visa options in Australia.