Mike's Minute: With the bubble opening, we risk a major brain drain

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Apr 2021, 9:41AM

Mike's Minute: With the bubble opening, we risk a major brain drain

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Apr 2021, 9:41AM

I don't blame the employers and manufacturers. They should we worried about jobs shifting across the Tasman.

The bubble is good for many things, but one of them might be the recruitment process for Australian employers.

The Australian economy is performing better than ours. Latest statistics had their fourth quarter GDP up 3.1 percent, ours was backwards to the tune of one percent. Plus, their 3.1 percent was on top of the previous 3.1 gain, which made it a record period of growth.

As a result, jobs and jobs listings are booming. They can't come even close to filling the gaps that are appearing. And a bubble, the ability to move from point to point easily, is going to help the movement of talent and skills.

That’s before you get to those dreadful stories we've been seeing of late, of all those that are in the country on work visas but prevented from having their partners and kids join them. Some of them were in the Parliament grounds this week protesting this and hoping the government might find a heart to help.

No such luck as it turns out with the MIQ news and the decommissioning of some facilities.

Australia, as it turns out, offers a better deal to people like this. So, choice one, you're here without family. Choice two you're in Australia doing the same job with your kids.

Not a hard decision, eh?

Australia, of course, has always been an employment issue for this country. Remember when John Key first popped up on the political scene? They ran that famous add of him standing in the middle of what was then Westpac Stadium telling us that each year a stadium full of New Zealanders were bailing for Australia.

Well, doesn’t history repeat itself? This is where we are heading again. This is why the employers and manufacturers are worried, as they should be.

We already have skills issues, we can't get talent into the country, and we can't get RSE workers into the country.

The CRL project is likely delayed because of the Light Rail project, thus indicating we can't do more than one major thing at a time without affecting the other.

We simply have to be competitive; we have to be as aspirational as those in the marketplace looking to pick up our talent.

A country is no different to an employer. You have to be a good place to work. If you're not, the good will vanish to where the pickings are plentiful.

The employers and manufacturers are doing us a favour, we have been warned.