I will answer that very important question in just a minute, but first…
I have finally managed to put down my paintbrushes having prepared my house for sale ahead of our upcoming house move. That means I have time to add one more post before the end of this year.
I haven’t been completely ignoring this website though, I’ve recently added a new and quite important page.
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My final post of the year though is also on a very important subject and one that I will be talking about in much more detail in 2017.
Jobs in Australia
This is a reprint of an article I wrote recently for Australia and New Zealand magazine and which appeared in their November edition last month. If you are thinking of moving to Australia, the dilemma I’m about to describe may be the biggest you will face.
Visa first, or job?
Some of the most popular pages on my website are those about getting a job in Australia. For many people, being able to secure work when they arrive is essential if their move to Australia is going to be successful. It can be almost as crucial as qualifying for a visa to come to Australia in the first place.
So, do you secure a job first in Australia and then organise the visa? Or do you get your visa first, move to Australia, and then look for work?
Australia has a different class of visa for each of these two scenarios, but that’s not for discussion here. If you are unsure of which visa you should go for, you really should speak to a MARA registered migration agent about your options.
What I can tell you though is it is possible to secure a job sponsorship first, and then off the back of that, successfully apply for a visa to come to Australia. Alternatively you could apply for a visa independently and if granted that visa, come here and then look for a job when you arrive. For as long as I’ve been running my website, and that’s about eight years, I have been asked which is the best way to go.
In those eight years, my answer has slowly changed, and for good reason. Initially, I probably favoured getting the visa first and looking for a job on arrival. Around 2008 to 2010 Australia had a lively job market, much better than the UK’s I would have said. Most people arriving with a recognised skill found work quite easily.
The big advantage of visa first is you can move to anywhere you want in Australia, you don’t have to live in a specific state or territory. You are not tied to a particular employer when you get here and you don’t even need to get a job in your recognised skill.
This is the visa my wife and I arrived on in 2007 and it was perfect for us. We wanted a change of direction in our employment when we got here and we both decided to go self-employed and start new ventures. This kind of visa allowed us to do it; it certainly offers more freedom.
Today though, things are very different. Australia’s job market is the slowest it’s been since I’ve lived here. Official figures suggest Australia currently has around 171,000 job vacancies compared with the UK’s 750,000. One popular online job portal puts the figures as 125,000 vacancies in Australia compared with just over 1.1 million in the UK.
Whichever of those figures you believe, even after adjusting for population differences, the UK job market is undoubtedly the stronger the moment. In 2010, when I did my first job vacancies comparisons between the two countries, Australia actually had significantly more job vacancies than the UK despite its much smaller population.
Coming to Australia to look for a job at the moment is risky; there are no guarantees of success. The problem is, securing a job sponsorship before you arrive here has never been harder either. So the visa or job first question is tougher than ever to answer.
These days I recommend researching both possibilities thoroughly before deciding what’s best for you.
That’s the end of the article as it appeared in the magazine, but as I mentioned in the opening paragraph, some of the most popular pages I have on this website are about getting a job in Australia. So if this is a subject of great interest to you, here’s some more suggested reading:
- Getting a Job Sponsorship in Australia and Finding Work
- Current Available Job Sponsorships
- What’s It Really like Trying to Find a Job in Australia? – 2015
- Australian and UK Salaries Compared 2015
- Jobs in Australia: A 2014 Update
- Finding a Job in Australia versus the UK: Part Two 2012
- Finding a Job in Australia Compared with the UK 2010
Christmas in Australia
For those of you looking for a cheery Christmas message as my final post of the year rather than a job, this is for you. It’s courtesy of Snake Catcher Victoria Australia, and Facebook. It’s a picture of a Christmas tree.
But Christmas in Australia isn’t all about killer tiger snakes wrapping themselves around your Christmas tree; it’s more about barbecues, beaches and the back garden as we enjoy our outdoorsy Christmas.
For everything you need to know about Christmas in Australia, for the fourth year running I’m giving away the same old tired links to almost every single article I’ve ever written on this website about Christmas. This isn’t just my gift, again, to you, but it can also be your gift to anybody you know.
Just send them this link:
It’s the ideal Christmas gift to anybody holed up indoors on Christmas Day in a cold and possibly darkened room anywhere in the world where Christmases are cold and it also gets dark early in the afternoons, who really want to know what it’s like to spend Christmas in a hot, sunny and bright country.
Merry Christmas to you all, have a great one, see you in 2017.