Job Opportunities in Australia

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Posted Date: 2017-06-18

Being the 6th largest country in the world with a mere population of a little over 24 million, Australia holds a chest full of opportunities to grow and survive in the country itself.
Having a labor workforce of over 9 million and unemployment rate being 6.0% (one of the lowest in the world) shows 9 on every 10 people, who are willing to work are getting work at the existing wage rate.

Australia is keen to attract skilled workers in a variety of sectors because of being a vast country, covering about 3% of the total land, which brings about a lot of reliance on the population to help the nation grow and be at par with the top leading nations like USA, UK etc.

Australia is regularly voted within the world’s top ten most livable countries and if you’re seeking an adventure there are bound to be opportunities Down Under.

Australia is a country of diverse landscapes and diverse cultures. We enjoy a high quality of life and Australia provides many opportunities to anyone willing to ‘have a go’.

Job market

If you’re backpacking your way around Australia on a Working Holiday visa or studying in Australia then seasonal work, such as hotel or bar jobs, should be easy enough to find. However, if you’re looking to make Australia your home you’ll need to apply throughSkillSelect for permanent positions.

Graduates at all levels generally enjoy a low unemployment rate and have better labor market outcomes and salaries than non-graduates.

Industries which offer more opportunities for young workers (aged 15 to 24) include:

  • Accommodation and Food Services;
  • Construction;
  • Health and Social Care;
  • Manufacturing;

The highest graduate starting salaries can be found in:

  • Dentistry;
  • Earth sciences;
  • Engineering;
  • Mathematics;
  • Medicine;
  • Business Management;
  • Optometry.

The largest Australian industries and those which have seen the most recent growth include:

  • Construction;
  • Education and Training;
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance;
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services;
  • Retail.

One shouldn’t plan on obtaining immediate employment in Australia unless they have a firm job offer or special qualifications and experience for which there’s a strong local demand, for example in accountancy and medicine. If you want a good job, you must usually be well qualified and speak fluent English (if you’re an independent migrant, you won’t be accepted without these attributes).

Unemployment is high among non-English speaking adult migrants, particularly those from the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and North Africa. This mostly applies to those who came to Australia under the Family Reunion Program (although two-thirds have professional qualifications), many of whom believe that they were better off before.

Australia has a demand for non skilled workers like waiters and bartenders which makes it a great place for non skilled workers. They are assured a minimum pay of $17.29 which is higher than most of the countries including USA, UK, Switzerland etc

Talking about part time jobs, even the students studying abroad, people who want to utilize their time during holidays can earn a minimum amount of $12-$14 per hour which is more than other competitive countries.

Finding a job in Australia

Most immigrants will need to find and secure a job prior to entering and working in Australia. The government’s immigration department is as strict as it is efficient, and those employed without a work permit will be promptly deported.

Most expats come to work in Australia on an employer-sponsored visa. The hiring company must prove that a position exists for the expat, and that no local candidate is qualified to assume the responsibilities required by the position (something that actually can prove quite difficult given that nearly half of Australia’s workforce has a tertiary qualification, and that many senior managers and technical staff have international experience).

Working conditions

The average working hours in Australia are 38 per week, Monday to Friday and a full-time employee is entitled to four weeks annual leave as well as public holidays. Bear in mind that the number of public holidays you are entitled to will vary depending on where you are based in the country.

As a non-resident you’ll pay considerably more tax than Australian residents.

Expats working in Australia may not have sky-high salaries to boast about but, for the most part, they seem to be happy with their job, their work environment and their work-life balance; a statement that arguably stands as the most underestimated advantage of moving to and living in Australia.