More than three million construction jobs in Queensland are going to Chinese firms, according to the latest research by the Centre for Applied Economic Performance (CAPE) at the University of Queensland.CAPE surveyed 2,500 construction companies in the state in the past year and found that most of those jobs would be outsourced to Chinese companies if the federal government introduced an export-led immigration policy.
CAPE said that of the 3,200 jobs that were created in Queensland over the past two years, a whopping 98 per cent were outsourced.
The report also found that Queensland’s biggest construction employers are not doing well in Queensland’s manufacturing sector, which is experiencing the greatest downturn in employment since the mining boom.
CAPEs findings are based on the number of jobs created, the number employed and the number displaced over the two years of the report.
The Queensland Government has said it will consider imposing import quotas to attract foreign investment to the state’s construction industry.
But many of those companies have said they would prefer to stay in Queensland, where they make up only about 10 per cent of the total workforce.
A spokesman for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was clear the construction industry was facing challenges.
“The Queensland construction sector is a key sector that creates significant employment, particularly in regional Queensland where a lot of jobs are reliant on tourism and tourism-related infrastructure,” he said.
“We need to ensure we can attract foreign companies into the construction sector and provide jobs to Queenslanders.”