There is an increasing demand for chefs and cooks in Australia
According to Sally Neville, chief executive of the Restaurant and Catering Association of South Australia, there is a shortage of cooks across Australia. It is caused by restrictive immigration requirements and increased interest in various regional food styles. The shortage started when the federal government of Australia removed the cook profession from the skilled occupations list, which gave the right to people to come to work to Australia very easily. As a result of this, the only way for a company to hire a chef or a cook is through the temporary 457 visa which costs nearly 50 000 Australian dollars. In order the problem to be solved the Australian government needs to put the profession back to the skills-in-demand list and to reduce the language requirements since perfectly fluent English is not necessary condition for being a good cook or a chef.
A report from the association shows that its own research among members reveals that 7% of the industry is actively seeking a senior cook or chef and 5% are seeking a restaurant manager. The Australian Bureau of Statistics expects that the demand for chefs will grow with 14 % during the next five years. At the same time fewer Australians are being trained for the profession and the statistics shows that the number of local people enrolled inn hospitality certificate level courses is down with 5%
Therefore the Restaurant and Catering Association wants chefs to be put back on the skilled occupations list and the English language requirement to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The reason for this is that if a specialized Chinese cook is working in a Chinese kitchens the level of English he or she speaks will not be crucial for the effectiveness of his/her work.
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