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Looking for a Job in Australia

Nov 19. 2021

  • Do your research
    If you’re planning a move to Australia, it’s important to ascertain if you’re occupation and skills are something Australia is looking for. Do some research, as some roles and skills are in high demand in Australia, and others less so, but you need to know what you’re up against. It may also depend on which area you are planning to move to in Australia as, for example, if you’re planning to move somewhere remote, you may have less competition. A good point of reference is the Skilled Occupations List (SOL). This is essentially Australia’s job shortage list. 

 

  • You’ll need to sort out a visa
    The phrase “right to work” will often feature in job ads posted by Australian employers. Sometimes, where employers can’t source local talent they will sponsor experienced, high level candidates. All expenses paid transfers aren’t a given. However, some candidates moving to Australia will opt for a working holiday visa in the first instance. This can sometimes pave the way for an employer to go onto sponsor them and provide a full work visa.

 

  • Top industries in Australia
    The mining industry in Australia as a significant primary sector industry, is a key force in the economy and a prominent area of employment. Mining is Australia’s largest sector by share of national Gross Domestic Product, 10.4% in 2020. At times when this industry is thriving, jobs for expats are in abundance. A wide variety of different ores, gems and minerals are still mined throughout most areas of the country. Western Australia and Queensland have the largest mining sectors with outback Queensland being the centre of a large coal and hardrock mining industry. Of course, it’s not all mining- the service sector are also a large employer throughout the main cities in Australia. Sydney has a strong financial services sector and Melbourne is the centre of banking and financial services.

 

  • The lingo and working culture
    One of the main advantages of moving to Australia is that there is no need to learn a new language. However, it is worth learning some the Australian lingo and learning about the culture and work practices. Australians are commonly perceived to be very easy going and laid back but they still put in the hard work, or “hard yakka” as it’s known, have long working weeks and are always willing to take on more work. Australian work places don’t tend to foster the same hierarchical structures that the UK office place tends to employ and so they value all employees being treated in the same way, regardless of their position in the organisation.

Burke Bros Moving Group have been moving people to and from Australia for decades and provide a complete door to door service to any part of Australia. If you are planning a future move, our experienced International Moving co-ordinators are on hand to answer your questions and guide you through the process and can also arrange a free, no obligation pre-move survey. They can be contacted on 01902 714555 or via sales@burkebros.co.uk.

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