His business is not alone and is part of a wider trend among employers emerging out of the pandemic.
Two-thirds of large businesses, and 62 per cent of medium-sized businesses struggled, while 29 per cent of small businesses said they had no luck – their operations were more likely to be effected.
New research from Flinders University shows refugee women in particular are being underutilised, with barriers such as qualification and skills recognition stifling opportunities.
“There is an urgent need to address the myriad systemic barriers facing women from refugee backgrounds from accessing paid work.
“These barriers prevent refugee women from being able to meaningfully and sustainably contribute to the Australian labour market and the broader community and to build a new life in Australia.
“Give a migrant or a refugee a go because you’ll find that they are incredibly loyal hard working and want to contribute and put back.”