I should make it clear right up front that I am asking the question, I am not about to answer it. I’m going to try and answer it, or at least throw some light on it, but I certainly can’t answer it from experience.
I haven’t been for a job interview since 1993 and I’ve never been for one here in Australia.
- In 2010 I wrote Finding a Job in Australia Compared with the UK
- And in 2012 Finding a Job in Australia versus the UK: Part Two
In 2010 the result was emphatic; Australia appeared to have far more opportunities per capita than the UK. By 2012, the UK job situation had improved slightly while at the same time it was getting a little worse in Australia, but Australia still offered more jobs per capita.
Then about a year ago I wrote a post called Jobs in Australia: A 2014 Update. Job redundancy announcements in Australia were more common by this time and I suggested that any of you seeking to come to this country should consider that “Now is not the time to simply arrive and then start looking for work.”
By the time I wrote Job Hunting in Australia and the UK Compared: 2014 it was clear that vacancies were massively on the increase in the UK, my figures suggested 46% up on my 2012 findings. Meanwhile Australian jobs had decreased by 11% over the same for a period.
The trend was clear.
Then last week I wrote a post called Australian and UK Salaries Compared 2015 and as I was looking at the average salaries across various skills for each of our countries, there was another number that kept catching my eye in a rather scary way.
You see, if you search Adzuna for vacancies in certain skills, not only do they tell you what the average salary is for that skill, but they also let you know exactly how many vacancies they currently have listed for it.
Can that really be right? Or was it just a freak, some kind of mistake?
So I crunched the numbers.
Job vacancies by occupations Australia and UK compared:
No, not some kind of mistake or a freak, this massive difference in the number of vacancies was repeated across pretty much all professions and skills. In fact, according to Adzuna there are currently just over 1 million jobs available in the UK compared to just 130,000 here in Australia.
So, what’s it really like to find a job in Australia?
There you go, I’m asking the question again. If any of you out there have recent experience in trying to find work here in Australia, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Similarly I would also like to hear from any of you in the UK and the USA or wherever you might be; what’s it really like trying to find a job in your country at the moment?
I ask because as regular UK based reader djmcbell commented in last week’s post…
“…we are being told that there are jobs going and wages are high, and then seemingly experiencing the opposite. Many of us in the UK haven’t had a wage rise for years – in fact many have had a pay cut – and there are far more applicants for jobs than there are actual jobs.”
So the real life experience in the UK doesn’t seem to mirror what people are being told by the media and in the news. So maybe the grim-looking news about job opportunities here in Australia isn’t so bad in reality either?
It certainly looks scary though, and I can imagine anybody moving to Australia right now hoping to find work could be feeling extremely nervous. So if anyone can throw any real information at this and help answer some of the questions I’ve asked in this post, please do comment below.
Update October 2015: Re-Teaching Jobs
Reader Chris made a very interesting point about the vast difference in teacher vacancies, click here to read what he had to say.