Monday, 26 November 2012 15:07
Skilled migrants in regional Queensland were feeling under-appreciated at work, and employers need to be more active in combating racism, a new study said.
Researchers from the University of Central Queensland have found temporary skilled migrants on 457 visas were particularly unhappy in the mining port city of Gladstone.
Some 38 per cent of those surveyed say they were considering leaving the central Queensland city to live in Brisbane, while another 14 per cent were thinking about a move to another regional town.
Skilled migrants in the study say their bosses do not value them, and have accused their employers of breaching promises made during recruitment.
"A strong sense of belonging to the employing organisation and job satisfaction were not evident in this study," a summary said.
The report found that while skills shortages were affecting Gladstone's ability to attract engineers and doctors, employers were not doing enough to keep skilled migrant professionals.
It recommended that employers become more culturally inclusive and do more to combat racism through cross cultural training and public celebrations of diversity.
Migrant groups and Gladstone Regional Council were praised for making migrant workers feel more welcome.
"However, a lot more could be done with greater involvement from Gladstone industry and businesses," the study said.
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