Factors that Influence Employers in their Skill Utilisation of Immigrant Professionals: A Literature Review
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Australia has been encouraging skilled immigration in order to fill existing skill shortages. Yet existing literature suggests that there is a skill underutilisation of immigrant professionals. Factors that influence such skill underutilisation have been examined from the perspective of immigrants and the policymakers. The extant literature suggests this skill underutilisation is due to reasons such as varying recognition of immigrant skills and experiences by employers and lower levels of Immigrant English language skills. To date however, no Australian empirical research has been conducted to explore the specific factors that may influence employers in their varying levels of recognition and skill utilisation of immigrant professionals.