The number of Aussies applying to leave the country has risen sharply since business hubs in Europe and the US started opening again, while Australia’s border remains firmly closed.
In May 23,836 Aussies applied for a travel exemption, which increased to 34,616 in June.
Since the start of the pandemic, 363,796 applications have been made for travel exemptions and 171,029 exemptions have been granted.
And the loss of Aussie workers is having a big impact on our economy and businesses.
In May, there were 362,000 available jobs in the country and we had 363,796 Aussies applying to leave the country.
Granted, not all of those applicants' exemptions were granted, but it is a surprising statistic.
The largest increase in job vacancies was in the private sector workforce in industries like the arts, accomodation and food services and rental, hiring and real estate services.
What is a brain drain?
In addition to occurring between counties, brain drain may occur at companies and businesses as well when workers look for better pay, benefits, or upward mobility within another company or industry.
Australia battles COVID-19
The analysis is revealed amid Australia’s latest battle against the COVID-19 virus which has seen Australia’s capital cities plunged in and out of lockdowns.
Meanwhile, the United States has fully vaccinated 157 million people, or 48 per cent of its population, and a further 174 million have had their first dose.
The UK has fully vaccinated 33.7 million people, or over 50 per cent of the population, with a further 45 million people having had their first dose.
By contrast only 1.8 million Aussies are fully vaccinated, accounting for 7.4 per cent of the population. A further 7 million have had their first dose.