JobKeeper ends at the end of March 2021. With that, most businesses will lose the main employment subsidy the government put in place to protect and rebuild the economy during COVID-19. If you’ve been making use of JobKeeper, you’re probably wondering how to manage your resources going forward… whether you’re best maintaining a fully employed staff or turning to contractors. Consider the opportunities. Perhaps, as a result of the global pandemic, you’ve identified areas of your business that should be wound down in favour or new growth opportunities. This is the perfect time to restructure and source the skills and experience you need to take your business in a new direction. One of the most effective ways to do this is to contract services, especially niche services that you may not need over the long term. Rest assured that your options don’t need to be confined to local talent. Looking internationally for the talent you need will enable you to gain expertise in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence, science and technology, and engineering. It could also give you the global knowledge and contacts you need to expand your business into new markets. When you think about it, contracting makes sense – after all, these days it’s not so common to have employees hanging around for years on end. In fact, according to Australian Government stats, in August 2019, 46.3% of casual employees in accommodation and food services had been with their current employer for less than 12 months along with 36.8% of casual employees in retail trade and 33.9% of employees in arts and recreation services. The Ayers Group Can Help The Ayers Group is one of few companies that is approved by the Australian Department of Immigration to hire and on-hire international workers. Our experts can help you by advising on and arranging, temporary and permanent visas for international workers who have the approved skills you need. We can even take your contractors on as tax employees of the Ayers Group, freeing you of the risks associated with visa sponsorship, and enabling your mobile talent to take on multiple contracts that provide the diverse experience they’re looking for. Talk to an expert from the Ayers Group today.