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Migration cuts may prompt skills crisis ...

posted Sep 21, 2010, 12:15 AM by recruitment USDX
Large cuts to migrant numbers could exacerbate a looming skills shortage and lead to wage blowouts as the resources sector gears up for another boom, industry analysts warn.

The housing construction industry has been complaining about a structural undersupply of labour and the lack of a dedicated migration program for the residential sector.

But it also says migration targets may not be enough to maintain a working age population.

"There's no doubt there is a shortage of labour there," Housing Industry Association (HIA) chief economist Harley Dale told AAP

Source: Sydney Morning Herald