Australian employment market
Moving to Australia
Things to consider
Australia is a very large and diverse country. Although the population is relatively small - around 21 million - the land area is over thirty times the size of the UK. It takes around 5 hours to fly from one side of the country to the other. Each major city is unique, from the laid back beachside city of Perth, to the sporting and cultural hub of Melbourne, to the historical political centre that is Canberra - so it is important that you make sure you know what your drivers are for emigrating, in order to assess which city will most feel like home. Sydney is the largest city by population, and is the nation's economic capital; however the cost of living is high relative to the rest of the country.
If you are moving to Australia for lifestyle reasons, you should be aware that whilst Aussies pride themselves on leading a more relaxed lifestyle overall l - and very much enjoy their leisure and outdoor time - they still work hard. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of professional roles will still likely require you to work more than the standard hours of 9-5, and we don't turn up to the office in shorts and flip flops!
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship website details the different VISA's on offer; typically a 457 and 417 are the most relevant for people looking to relocate temporarily with the right to work but you need to do your research and ensure that you are legally allowed to work in Australia before you book anything. Check out all of the limitations associated with each VISA before you apply.
Keep in mind that most companies and recruitment agencies will not commence the interview process with you for specific jobs until you have arrived in the country. Once you have conducted your research and have obtained the correct VISA, you may need to take a risk and just book your flight. Unless you have a very specific skill set that can not be sourced from the local market, it is very rare to be offered a role without first attending a face to face interview. You can maximise your chances of success by making contact with a recruitment consultant in advance who is a specialist in your market to discuss and allow you to understand the demand for your specific skill set.
Weigh up the salaries on offer for your role type, and compare them against the cost of living, to ensure that you can afford all of the costs associated with your move, as well as costs of securing accommodation, and the living in the time taken for you to find the right role. Have a detailed discussion with your recruitment consultant about any variances in salaries relative to skill set in order to gain an understanding of what you can expect. More on a comprehensive Australia wide salary and market review .
Further information about planning your move to Australia .
*The above information was current as of May 2011
Information by Capital City
|Sydney||Australia's financial services and commercial hub. It is the economic capital of Australia, and geographically lies between the beach and the mountains, giving you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors on the weekends, and making it an ideal place to live.|
|Melbourne||A mixture of commercial, manufacturing and financial services firms are headquartered here. Melbourne is Australia's sporting capital, and prides itself on being a city of culture, socialising, and nightlife.|
|Perth||There is a strong mining industry presence in Perth. It is a beautiful beachside city and generally enjoys a more laid back lifestyle than its East Coast cousins.|
|Adelaide||The City of Churches. Tourism and primary industries are in this smaller city, a great place to move with a family.|
|Brisbane||There is a mix of commercial, manufacturing and financial services firms in Brisbane and its ideal location between the Gold Coast and the beautiful North Eastern Coast of Australia mean that it is a great place to live for beach lovers and sun seekers.|
|Canberra||Canberra is the nation's capital. It is the political centre of Australia, and has a strong Government presence.|
|Darwin||Industries include mining and tourism. It enjoys warm weather all year round, and a relaxed outdoor lifestyle.|
|Hobart||Australia's smallest and most historical capital.|
For further information, please contact Andrew Wills, Hudson, Director - Accounting and Finance, Sydney on +61 (0)2 8233 2192 or email.