Barely a day goes by where there isn't a mention of Australian migration statistics, be it arrivals versus departures, a decrease or rise of approved 457 visas and so on, but a recent article in the Business Spectator looks at the correlation between the hit TV show MasterChef's ratings and a significant increase in Cooks being approved for Australian skilled visas.
Say what you will about MasterChef's ratings, you can't deny the impact it and other cooking shows have had on the economy.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, spending at restaurants and cafes has boomed over the past couple of years. MasterChef has already boosted Coles' sales of particular products by over 1400 per cent, and it's clear that the rise in foodie culture triggered by the show has us spending more on a eating out.
The rise of the restaurant scene has also had another unintended consequence: it has seen cooks overtake accountants in Australia’s annual skilled migration intake.
Accountants have dominated the intake for some time. It’s caused a fair bit of controversy, given suggestions that we already have an oversupply of accounting graduates.
In case you are wondering, that spike in accounting applications in 2010-11 was attributed to more relaxed migration rules that saw more international students studying locally apply for visas after graduation. These rules have since been tightened to stop international students from piling into one degree in the hopes of attaining a visa after studying.
To read the full article at Business Spectator, click here.
Planning to migrate to Australia but would like some visa assistance or advice? The team of Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) at AMVL Migrations specialise in all Australian visa categories and pride themselves on providing our clients with professional and friendly migration services. Contact us to speak to one of our RMAs or click here to complete our FREE online visa assessment.
To be kept up-to-date with the latest Australian immigration and AMVL news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.