For most people choosing whether to move to Australia largely depends on the likelihood of them getting a job when they arrive. Probably the biggest question anyone moving here needs to ask themselves is this…
“Should I move to Australia first and then look for a job, or should I secure a job before I move so that I have a job to go to when I get there?”
On the upside, getting a job before you get here is safest, at least you’ll be earning money as soon as you arrive. On the downside, if it’s a job sponsorship you will usually have had to commit to working for that employer for a minimum of two years, and maybe living in a state that wouldn’t have been your first choice.
Looking for work after you have arrived here allows you to (usually) live wherever you want in Australia and choose who you want to work for with the freedom to switch jobs whenever you want. On the downside, if you can’t manage to get a job when you get here then that could put a huge financial strain on the move.
Sometimes the decision isn’t yours, sometimes you may only qualify for a visa that requires a sponsorship first, but when you do have a choice, it really is a tough one.
Finding work in Australia
I’ve written about this subject many times, I even have a dedicated page over at Getting a Job Sponsorships in Australia and Finding Work.
I’ve also written about finding work here compared with the UK on a couple of occasions…
- Finding a Job in Australia Compared with the UK in 2010
- Finding a Job in Australia versus the UK: Part Two in 2012
And just a month ago I wrote an article called Jobs in Australia: A 2014 Update in which I spoke about a very different Australian job market these days, one in which jobs certainly seem harder to come by here.
Today I am going to be checking that with some actual figures.
Job vacancies in the UK and Australia compared:
Let’s compare that with the figures from that 2012 post, I’m just going to look at Reed and Seek as they both appear to be the biggest recruitment agencies in our respective countries and therefore have the most significant figures.
Two years ago, Reed had 44,383 vacancies in the same five job categories as in the table above, this year they have 65,123. That’s a massive 46.7% increase in job vacancies.
Last year Seek had 47,557 vacancies in those same categories, this year they have 42,166. That’s an 11.3% decrease in job vacancies here in Australia.
That’s a massive swing of additional jobs in the UK compared to Australia to add to the quite significant swing that I spoke about in my 2012 post when Reed had 21% more vacancies and Seek 19% fewer than back in 2010.
In the last four years then, the UK appears to have over 60% more vacancies and Australia more than 30% less. These figures certainly backup what I said a month ago in my 2014 job update when I suggested doing a little homework before simply arriving here in Australia to look for work.
Australia really did have a buzzing job scene four years ago, today it is very much different.
Is it really so bad here in Australia?
In terms of the numbers of vacancies comparative to the population, things really aren’t so bad yet here in Australia though. In the five categories of jobs we chose above, the UK may have about 50% more vacancies, but they do also have almost 3 times the population.
In terms of all jobs, the situation isn’t that much different either. Here are the totals of all vacancies from each website:
- Reed – 188,193 jobs live – 96 added today.
- Seek – 135,542 jobs matching your search criteria (All jobs).
On that basis, it still might just be easier to find a job here in Australia than in the UK, but the trend over the last four years is clear to see.
Yes, I’m afraid the trend has continued and it is getting continually harder to find a job in Australia. Please check out the following post for more information about this, and do be sure to read the comments: