Migrant workers on temporary 457 visas working in Australia: Implications for human resource management
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Business
In this paper data was collected in 2012 for a study concerning the employment of skilled workers on temporary 457 visas in the Western Australian resources sector. While workers came from numerous countries in order to meet the sector's skill shortages, issues relating to workers from the Philippines were prominent due to the difficulties they reported. These difficulties included: skill recognition; workplace and community integration challenges, and deficiencies in their family members' English language ability. The experiences of workers on 457 visas from other countries are compared with those of workers from the Philippines. Interviews with key stakeholders from a sample of resource sector firms that employ Filipino workers on 457 visas and agencies that support their integration are also reported. The purpose of the paper is to highlight the HRM implications of employing migrant workers on 457 visas, especially Filipino workers, to facilitate successfully adaption to Australian workplace culture.