These concerns from micro businesses may be linked to the decline of Australians undertaking apprenticeships, which have dropped by 20 per cent in the past year.
Generally, finding the right staff has been an increasing concern for all levels of business right up to large enterprises, those that turn over more than $A50 million per year.
In addition, the recent decision by the government to cut the 457 visa category may also become a cause for concern for business. Over 650 occupations are listed for foreign workers to work in Australia on the visa but the recent changes will see a reduction in potential candidates.
Although the government has introduced two new visas to replace the 457, the new visas call for much higher hoops for applicants to jump through, including two years of relevant work experience and higher standards of English proficiency.
It will be interesting to see how this is reflected in ongoing results, as many of the 457s are used by small and medium enterprises.
Tim Honcoop is Account Director at DBM Consultants