Contrary to what they say, you can’t live on love alone, and that’s why securing a job should be at the top (or in the top three) of your ‘to do’ list if you’re planning to settle in Australia. There’s always someone going on about the lack of jobs or how difficult it is to land one, but that someone probably didn’t do his or her homework. In our opinion it’s something when moving to Australia you should be least worried about.
Let’s get the basics out of the way first: to work in Australia, or most anywhere else for that matter, you must have a valid visa with work rights. The good news is that a wide range of temporary and permanent skilled visas are available and that Australian laws provide all employees with basic rights and protection in the workplace.
There’s more good news. According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (now known as Department of Immigration and Border Protection) Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants (CSAM) from 2001 to 2013, skilled migrants outperform the typical Australian. This means that if you possess a certain set of skills or qualifications wanted by employers, you’re already in good stead.
At the six month stage of the survey, unemployment among skilled migrants (with a permanent residency) was at about 5%, on par with the national average. An additional six months in Australia sees further improvement -unemployment among the skilled section falls to about 2%, the proportion in skilled work increases from 73% to 86% and average earnings increase by $4,000per year.
More importantly, Australia has one of the lowest unemployment rates amongst developed countries.
Of course, it all depends on the work you want to (and can) do and the visa you apply for. If you have skills or qualifications that Australia needs, you can be invited to apply for a visa by the Australian Government.
If you count your main skill as burping the national anthem, however, then you may find yourself extremely popularbut facing a decidedly tough time securing gainful means of employment. But (we’re all about good news) in a wider context, the needs of the Australian labour market are continually changing, which means you still have a long shot.
Plus, the Australian Government continuously works closely with local governments and regional authorities to provide migration programmes that aim to attract skilled migrants to areas where they’re most needed, hence the need for a state sponsorship for most applicants. Generally, these migrants are under 50 years of age, have the required English language skills, qualifications and relevant work experience.
If you have all the above-mentioned qualities (or a couple), contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get an assessment from us.