International students aren’t taking Australian jobs, says Hobsons

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“International students aren’t taking Australian jobs, says Hobsons”

by Beckie Smith via “The PIE News

Four in five international students who study in Australia return home immediately after graduating, a survey by student recruitment and conversion specialists Hobsons has revealed. The company has argued that the findings show international students do not pose a threat to domestic graduates’ employment opportunities.

Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Peter Mackey.

Just 2% of overseas students stay in the country long-term post-graduation, according to the study of 1,026 overseas graduates of Australian universities, while 14% stay for a short period.

“The data found what Hobsons has long known – international students are not taking jobs from Australians”

“The data found what Hobsons has long known – international students are not taking jobs from Australians,” Tanya Perera, Hobsons director of client success, told The PIE News.

“Hobsons knows the immense benefits international students bring to Australia and now have the data to dispel this community perception,” she continued.

International students are a valuable asset to Australia, both in terms of building cultural diversity and global networks in education and from an economic perspective, Perera said.

With strong growth in international student numbers – up 11% last year – international education is Australia’s fourth largest export industry. It added AUS$17.6bn to the economy last year, and supports more than 130,000 jobs nationwide.

As such, stakeholders are keen to demonstrate overseas students’ value to the country. . . .

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