Finding a Job in Australia Compared with the UK.

Searching for work in Australia.

One of the most common questions I’m asked on this website is “what’s it like to find a job in Australia?”

Like many questions, it’s a moving target. When we first moved here late in 2007 it seemed Australia was in the middle of a big boom. Everyone was busy and there were not enough people around to do the work.

This was at a time when I needed tradies, including carpenters, plumbers, plasterers, gardeners, tilers and all sorts to help me sort out the mess that was my new home. It seemed we needed to make six or seven phone calls before we could secure the services of any one trade.

Today it is much easier, clearly there is not as much work around. Australia, apparently, didn’t quite go into recession when the rest of the world seemed to. But, generally speaking, workers aren’t so busy today, does that mean there are fewer jobs out there in the market place?

So what’s it like to try and get a job?

Firstly, if you are not an Australian citizen, then to work here in Australia you will need to be a permanent resident or to have some kind of work visa. Assuming you have one or other, let’s go job hunting.

To see how easy (or difficult) it is to find a job here as compared to the UK, I decided to visit the respective countries top online job search agencies.

For Australia I chose:

For the UK I used:

Next, in this super scientific experiment, I locked myself into a dust proof room (as if!) donned my full bodied white protective clothing and started searching for jobs.

These extra precautions may sound overcautious, but I didn’t want any more controversy as has happened in other UK versus Australia comparisons.

For this experiment I decided to choose the five most popular keyword searches for work and search each website to see how many jobs they head for each. Reed were extremely helpful in this, as their homepage lists all popular keyword searches AND the number of vacancies for each.

So, at the time of writing this post, the five most popular searches were for:

  • Sales Jobs (10,897)
  • Management & Executive Jobs (8,786)
  • Financial Services Jobs (7,447)
  • Accountancy Jobs (6,600)
  • IT & Telecoms Jobs (5,972)

I ignored Temporary Work Jobs (11,398) and Graduate Jobs (7,855) because, in themselves, they do not represent any particular skill.

Okay. The criteria is set and I’m going in! Let’s see what happens.

Ok, I’ve finished. Here’s my results.

Job Search Australia UKNotes:

*Both Monster and Careerone (who are in fact the same company, Monster own Careerone) claimed to have 5,000+ jobs for Sales. Yet they each only listed 10 pages with 100 per page, suggesting 1,000 vacancies. Jobsite also suggested they had 5,000 + jobs in sales but only listed 10 pages with 50 per page, suggesting just 500 vacancies.

Jobsite defaulted to vacancies from the last 7 days, but as this was the longest period available, we have to accept it’s all they got.

For IT and Telecoms, it is best to use Information & Communication Technology in Seek, IT in Careerone and IT and Telecommunications in Mycareer.

It is also worth noting that ” Management & Executive” is a term used by Reed to describe a complete category of theirs. None of the other websites had this specific category, so it is not surprising their returns were lower.


Remember, these websites act only as agencies, so undoubtably the number of jobs available in each country for each industry is not an addition of each of the three websites. I checked three websites from each country to give a more balanced view.

It seems clear that the best agencies in my test are Reed in the UK and Seek in Australia. So I feel you only have to look at the numbers from each of those websites in order to draw your conclusion.

I would like to suggest that given Australia has a population of around one third that of the UK and taking into account the watertight laboratory conditions, the results are incontrovertible. Getting a job in Australia is undoubtedly easier, and you’ll get paid more.

Well, that’s what I’d like to suggest. But today,  I’ll leave it for you to decide.

What do you think?

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  • Dave September 5, 2015, 10:16 am |

    Hey, I’m a scaffolder in the UK it’s not on the jobs list anywhere but seems to be a lot of jobs advertised in Australia for this work? Also I have forklift driving qualms, 7.5 ton driving license and minibus, cherry picker license and warehouse, storeman and logistics qualifications but non of these are on the list either.. I love with my brother since the age of 15 and the rest of the family can go any suggestions I really want to go but can’t find an opening? Thanks

  • kadz March 22, 2015, 4:25 am |

    I’m from INDIA and doing graduation here. I want to settle in Australia after completing graduation. Also, i don’t want to continue my studies even there. Is it posible to get a job and PR there ? My uncle lives there and has PR but I’m not interested in his business to get work experience. So anything else that i can do to settle there and get PR ?
    please help, I’m desperate to settle in Australia.

    • BobinOz March 23, 2015, 4:56 pm |

      That’s not a question I can answer for you, you would need to speak to a MARA migration agent to find out what your chances might be, or go through my Visa Assessment Service.

  • Hide February 28, 2015, 10:47 pm |

    Hi there Im Harry(Hide)
    I am Fitness/personal trainer I have over 18 year of experiences and im qualified as personal trainer I look for job Fitness ,Sport industry in Australia ,Brisbane
    I am in Brisbane now I try to apply fitness job sponsorship
    But i think really hard …..however this is my best country in my life beautiful nature,beautiful Bird ,animal and I can enjoy all different sports surfing,mountain bike
    and my favorite pole vault with friends .most of my happyness in here is friends and people they are so friendly and love communicating
    how i can get sponsorship?how i can make effort

  • Ndu January 4, 2015, 11:40 am |

    Hello Bob,
    I am really delighted to see a website like yours. I have a bsc honours in microbiology and msc in safety and environmental management. My wife is a forensic scientist. Her bsc honours is in forensic science, both from the uk. I have worked as a HSE advisor for more than 4years. Please do you have idea of what the job market for these professions are in Aussie? And also that of my wife, she just graduated from uni. I would appreciate a reply. Cheers.


    • BobinOz January 5, 2015, 3:15 pm |

      Thanks, glad you like my website.

      I couldn’t tell you what kind of opportunities you might find here, but if you visit my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship you will find help there in answering your question.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Sanchit July 12, 2014, 6:04 am |

    Hi Bob
    I am undergraduate but I have a good 2 years of experience in a travel domain wherein I work on live systems like Amadeus and worldspan, which is the backbone of all the airlines. So could you please suggest me some jobs in a travel domain and what will be the exact procedure to apply for that job and the procedure to apply for work permit visa.

  • Tabarez June 28, 2014, 1:22 am |

    Hi bob,

    i am looking for sponsership jobs in australia, and i have done my MBA in Retail sales marketing and Business Development, and please send me a link for sponcership


  • jadupati Rout June 25, 2014, 9:02 pm |

    sir,i have completed B.Ed. and Ratna in Hindi language.for that i want a job to teach hindi in australia. also done diploma in Hotel management 2002 with 2 years experience. but i want to settle with my family for ever for any type of job.plz suggest

    • BobinOz June 26, 2014, 6:58 pm |

      I suggest you buy the above-mentioned book, although I’m really not sure there is much demand for Hindi teachers here in Australia. Good luck, Bob

  • Cham May 18, 2014, 9:39 am |

    Hi bob,
    First of all thanks for the useful info on the blog.
    My self is an engineer in networks working for vodafone
    In uk and got a maters degree as well in networks.
    Currently reading for my CCie exam and just wondering
    How easy can it be to find a job for a IT professional
    Who have nearly 8 years of experience with
    The industry and also I am in my 30s..


    • BobinOz May 19, 2014, 2:33 pm |

      I have no idea Cham, all I can suggest is you search online to see what kind of opportunities come up for what you do.

  • aleem April 19, 2014, 5:22 am |

    Hi Bob,

    Hope this message find you all is well.

    I am Aleem. I have completed my MBA in Finance and I have worked for a MNC in India for four years and now working in UAE in Accounts & Finance field. I am planning to work in Australia in the same filed. I request you to inform me if there are any opportunities for MBA’s in Finance & Accounts. If possible I request you to inform me how to approach Australia to get a job.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


    • BobinOz April 22, 2014, 5:14 pm |

      Well, that’s the kind of information you will get from the above-mentioned product, is not information that I carry around in my head though 🙂

      Good luck, Bob

  • Rashmi October 2, 2013, 8:32 pm |

    Dear BOB,

    I have more than 6 yrs of experience in Sales and Marketing and I also have Executive MBA degree and I am working at a managerial position in India. Kindly guide me , how I can get a job in Australia.


  • Aransiola July 24, 2013, 8:22 am |

    I studied government and public administration in Nigeria.I served as a vice principal [administration] in educational institution,i am 39 years.I would like to relocate to Australia and work. Do i have any hope of achieving my dream?

  • Dinesh July 17, 2013, 4:09 am |

    Hi Bob, Well done on your part to help job seekers get more clarity on the AUS Job market. I have 13 years of experience in IT and my domain is VMware and Windows. I have a valid 457 Work permit visa until Sep 2015. I had been to australia sponsored by my company from Nov 11 to april 12. After that, I had to come back. Now, I am very much interested to move to australia for a job. What are the chances of me getting hired by recruiters from Australia based on the Workpermit 457 visa. Presently I am in India and I am working for the same company that had sent me to Australia. Please advice.

    • BobinOz July 18, 2013, 2:01 pm |

      I couldn’t possibly tell you what your chances are, I’d only be guessing. All you can do is check the online employment agencies to see how many vacancies there are for what it is you do. Good luck!

  • Rishika Saluja June 12, 2013, 5:28 am |

    Hi…this is indeed an excellent blog..I am residing in UK and did MAster in Financial Mathematics from Warwick Univeristy..I have also done MBA Finance and accountancy . I have work experience of about 3 years working in investment, risk and finance analysis..I am applying for a dependent visa as my husband is coming to australia as a GP..I am looking to find a decent job in financial or accountancy services but have no idea of how to go about it and what will be availability.
    1. Are employers happy to consider UK graduates?
    2. How easy it is to find a job in financial and accounts area?
    3. is it possible to avail a position before entering australia as a citizen?

    I would be obliged if someone can answer my queries..

    Rishika Saluja

    • BobinOz June 12, 2013, 2:25 pm |

      Well, the answers to your questions are yes, I couldn’t possibly tell you and yes.

      It’s always impossible to tell anybody how easy or hard it would be for them to find a job when I just don’t know them. If you want an idea of how many vacancies there are for what you do, use the links on my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship to Australia’s online employment agencies to search for jobs to see what’s currently available.

      Good luck!


  • henry June 1, 2013, 2:21 am |

    Hi Bob

    I have just applied for working visa “sub-class 476” and from my case worker’s response, it seems to be going pretty good. I am a graduate of Electrical Engineering from London with masters. I would please want to enquire on how easy it is to get a job in this field.

    thank u.

    • BobinOz June 3, 2013, 11:43 pm |

      Hi Henry

      I don’t know, but if you search for jobs on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship using the links to the online employment agencies that you will find there, you’ll get a good idea of what’s available.

  • aarzoo May 11, 2013, 5:12 am |

    Hi, i m 25 years old, graduate in arts, 4+ years exp in admin, knows to speak eng language , wants to go abroad for improving financial status of my family , plz me help me for that, want to know hw much money i should have, what qualification required for workin there, how to get job by staying in india, ….etc thanks

    • BobinOz May 13, 2013, 9:45 pm |

      It’s a very involved process, start by looking at my page about Visas.

  • Not a UK fan April 13, 2013, 12:18 pm |

    You should point out that for an Australian to get a job in the UK without having a UK passport, EU passport or have ancestry connection is down right hard. I lived the in UK and because I had not meet the above obligations, I could not find a job in my field. I was told honestly by a Australian working in the UK that though I’m better qualified and educated that jobs unfortunately go to UK residents then EU residents before Australian and Canadians. What a joke considering that we in Australia provide jobs equally or as now what is happening that UK companies are hiring more and more of their residents and offering the work visas and our own residents miss out.
    Are we here to provide for the UK unemployment or ours? We should look after our own residents and citizens before others….always.

    • Joe April 14, 2013, 6:43 pm |

      That’s absolutely nonsense. I am British and live in London, and the jobs rather go to the Poles or eastern Europeans as its cheap labour. Most of whom don’t understand English! It’s not just Aussies, its even the British that can’t get a job in the UK, as companies rather pay someone who can do the same job but at a cheaper rate! I have some friends that they had to accept £5/hr due to this. Now talking about Australia. I am qualified and experienced, I am on a working holiday visa, but employment rather goes to Asian (cheap labour) or an Aussie. I ain’t complaining. I tried to get a job at a bar, was basically hired, but only to be told after that since I ain’t an Aussie resident I can’t get that job and most jobs that I’ve applied for. It’s just how it is. Jobs go to the cheap labour first, then residents (with experience). It’s tough!

      • BobinOz April 14, 2013, 9:19 pm |

        This isn’t an area I know too much about. I do know that to work in the UK you need to be in the EU, and that allows you to work. To work in Australia you would need a visa that allows you to work. Joe, your Working Holiday Visa (12 months temp, I assume) allows you to work here, but if somebody is thinking long-term then they would probably opt for someone else who has a more permanent visa.

        Poland is in the EU, so Polish workers, who do seem to accept lower wages, have taken a lot of jobs from UK residents, that was happening six or seven years ago, before I left the UK.

        The thing I really know nothing about, and perhaps you could enlighten me Not a UK fan, is what kind of visa an Australia needs to travel to the UK and be allowed to work. Maybe it is tough for Australians to get work in the UK, but that is probably because they are in competition with people from the EU and the UK itself, and salary expectations play a part also.

        Just my two cents, as I say, not something I know too much about, other than it seems tough for anyone to get a job anywhere these days.

  • Buuza jacob March 23, 2013, 12:53 am |

    Thx to u all..
    Am a qualified nurse in the clinical field who has hardships in getting a visa.what shd i do?

  • Pradeepkumar February 19, 2013, 10:29 pm |

    Hi bob,
    I am a arc welder.8 years experienced this I am working best crusher LLC fujairah in U A education qualification higher secondary.I can’t speak english fluently.i would like to work in have any wrk for me please inform me.i also for all mechanic in this field(crusher)

  • Mon February 5, 2013, 3:08 am |

    BobinOz , thanks for creating this blog

  • Suzy January 30, 2013, 7:15 pm |

    Hello Bob,

    I’m 28 yrs. old from Philippines, I got certification as Caregiver. I want to work in Australia. Can I apply in Australia as Au pair or nanny? please help me what should I do. is there a job site that some employer is willing to sponsor their employee.

    Hoping for your response. thanks

  • Mercalyn December 5, 2012, 4:36 am |

    I think it would be so exotic-like to work in another country, specifically Aus. I’d be worried about the travel fare from the U.S. though(and I think I’m more of a cold-weather person myself).

    Are there any programs to travel to Aus and get your degree there(assuming you’d work there for some time)?

    • BobinOz December 5, 2012, 9:05 pm |

      Not sure what your question is exactly, but nobody is going to pay your fare for you and then educate you to degree level and then wait for you to pay them back, as far as I’m aware. Maybe it’s possible to win some kind of grant if you are super clever, but if there is, I don’t know about it. Good luck though!



  • Dimitris October 31, 2012, 3:21 am |

    Hello Bob 🙂

    I just wanted to congratulate you for helping people and giving them courage.

    I wish you well, sir.

    Greetings from Greece, which hopefully in the next year I hope it will be: greetings from Australia 🙂

    • BobinOz November 1, 2012, 5:15 pm |

      Thanks Dimitris, hope you find your way here soon.

  • Viv October 11, 2012, 1:07 am |

    Hi Bob,
    You have made a fantastic blog… loads of good and useful information. Thanks for sharing your experiences. 🙂
    I have a question; is it any easier to secure a job if the employer knows that I’ve already started the procedure for my Skilled Migrant Visa? This may not be your area of expertise and sorry if I’m bothering you; but please share your opinion or any info regarding this. My profession is on the skilled occupation list. I wish to immigrate to Australia with family.

  • jose October 10, 2012, 8:14 am |

    Hey bob,
    I read your post today, and I’ll be arriving in OZ on the 9th Nov this year on a working holiday visa, however I am not sponsored (just yet 🙂 ). I currently hold a Master of Engineering in Aerospace from Queen Mary University of London. However I have no experience whatsoever in my field. What are the chances of me getting a job in engineering?. What do you suggest I do?. Find a temporary job in another field?. What other work fields are interested in a person who holds a degree in engineering?. Also, if I get sponsored can I apply for a business visa whilst in OZ or do I have to come back to the UK?
    Thank-you very much

    • BobinOz October 10, 2012, 4:53 pm |

      I have no idea what your chances would be of getting a job Jose, companies do usually prefer experience. All I can suggest is that if you do find suitable work here whilst you are on your WHV, work your socks off and go the extra mile to impress your employer to the extent where he really doesn’t want to lose you.

      Do be sure though that any employer you do choose to work for does have the ability to sponsor you. I’m not sure about the visa question, I think you can apply whilst you are here, but you may have to leave the country before the decision is announced. New Zealand for a week is what most people do.

  • Faith August 28, 2012, 1:28 pm |

    Or maybe a student visa? If so, Would I be able to qualify for scholarships in Australia, or how would I go about that route? Would I be able to pay off my college debt by being faithful in the courses that I study, and finding a job thereafter – Such as an RN or Doctor?

    • BobinOz August 29, 2012, 6:09 pm |

      Hi Faithy

      Australia isn’t an easy country to get in to, and the problem with your plan is that skills that are in demand today, may not be the same skills that are in demand next year or in three years or even six years time.

      Training as a nurse or doctor is probably a good plan, but it’s not foolproof. Your training would probably take four years or so and then you would need three or four years post grad work experience before you would be in a position to apply for sponsorship here. And even then, the demand for that skill may have been filled by that time. Can you see the problems here?

      I’m not sure how the student visas or scholarships work, maybe somebody else may be able to help you out that one.

      Sorry I can’t give you more positive information, but as I said, Australia isn’t an easy country to get in to. Good luck though, I hope you find a way.



  • Faith August 28, 2012, 1:25 pm |

    Hey Bob,

    Stumbled across your post today while my future spouse and I were looking at where we want to see ourselves in the next 10 years. Since he is in the UK, and we are planning on being married within a month, we want a secure path to a successful life. I am currently pregnant with our son, so we get to put him into consideration.

    I’m currently 18 years old, I have a low paying job in the food industries as a cook, and I want to better my husband’s, my life, and my child’s life by being financially secure. Considering this, we’re finding more hurdles to clamber over through UK immigration, and even more technical issues through the U.S, although more do-able through the U.S.

    We do NOT want to stay in the U.S forever, so we looked through a list of countries, such as Canada, Brazil, Asia, andddd Australia. Australia as I’ve noticed has a lovely addition to their visa – Bringing family to work and study as well.

    I myself want to bring both husband, and child with me, but as I read through your posts, I noticed *Skilled Workers Visas* and Read through the paragraphs. One thing that sparked my interest, was being an RN, or a Doctor, both in very high demand from what I’m hearing through more than one website right now. (True? False?)

    Would you suggest maybe I go to school here in the U.S after immigrating my husband over here, working and studying for some years, and then looking for sponsorships in Australia, or anyone offering?

    Shoot me some ideas, I need some leads as to how my family and I might be able to live securely, and financially strong 🙂 Thanks for all the time and effort you’ve put into your website, I will be looking through very intensely 🙂


  • Afoekwe Josephine June 29, 2012, 1:17 am |

    hi bob, am 25 years community health worker from Nigeria, I wish to live and work in Australia. Pls help me get a sponsor but let the expenses be deducted from my salary Thanks

  • chris conwa\y April 28, 2012, 9:26 pm |

    Hi bob, stumbled upon youre page which was interesting, need help gettin into oz, through work sponsorship, my trade is a fiberous plasterer and I have a ticket as a gas engineer but dont have any experience. Been to Oz before syndney, Brisbane, Melbourne Wagga Wagga found it difficult, any advice would be helpful, desperate to get out of England

    • BobinOz April 30, 2012, 9:41 pm |

      I can’t help you with that personally, I’m not qualified. But check out my Visa Assessment Service, which isn’t free, but it is a bargain.

      Good luck!

  • bhagy March 5, 2012, 3:34 am |

    hey frnds i have one query and confused……
    i have 6 year Exp. in network side.

    Is this big matter for me get the PR to work permit in australia or any where?

  • Kay February 9, 2012, 7:10 pm |

    hi Bob pls can i get your personal email address?

    • BobinOz February 13, 2012, 12:51 pm |

      Kay, I would be nuts to post my personal email address up here, spam bots would have a field day.

      You can find a secure email address for me on my contact me page.

  • Nick December 15, 2011, 10:49 pm |

    Hey Bob, I have a BA hons in Theology and at least 4 years experience in working with special needs adults and children. I have friends who live in oz who say there is a shortage for people like me with experience in this sector.
    On the skilled workers list it mentions ‘Community Worker’ is that the same as a Special Needs worker?
    I am planning on going to oz in May for 90 days to see if employers would be interested in sponsoring me.
    Please help
    Nick 🙂

  • Andy September 10, 2011, 6:36 pm |

    Hello and thanks to you Bob for your kind and very much appreciated reply to my original query.

    I emailed Bob with regards to the 457 Long Term Temporary Sponsorship Visa and the problems I’ve had with getting work (3 years of very little work to be exact). I wondered if anyone else here had similar problems and how they managed to overcome them? We have our Permanent Residency (via my partners place of work) in processing but this is taking a while so in the meantime I’m struggling to get work. I’ve registered with loads of temp agencies, re-done my CV/Resume to fit the job market here but interviews are rare if at all and temp work isn’t coming through even after pestering agencies on a regular basis. The resume and myself have had great feedback upon registration with the agencies but once you’ve been in and registered you face the uphill battle to get even the lower level office work and the same old we have nothing suitable in but we’ll keep you in mind. Has anyone else had similar experiences? and if so how did you manage to get around it?

    Any help would be very much appreciated, thank you in advance.


  • sandeep July 22, 2011, 6:54 pm |

    hey there,

    i have done computer engg and have the desired exp as per immigration rule , but my wife is doing P.hd in Education and will be completed after 2 yrs. So plz advice me when should I apply for the skilled worker visa ? means 1.)After completion of her P.hd , would be more beneficial for me for getting visa or 2)apply on my basis .
    If i got the visa after 15 mnths processing , so she also left for Aus with me or she can remains in India till completion of her P.hd.
    plz response asap.

    • BobinOz July 22, 2011, 11:29 pm |

      Why wait? Apply now and try to secure a visa. Once you’ve got it, you will have options about when you need to come to Australia to validate the visa and live here. Unless you are talking about a job sponsorship, that’s different.

      • sandeep July 25, 2011, 2:07 pm |

        thanx sir,

        both of us have to clear IELTS …???? as according to immi. rule the primary candidate shuld clear with min. 6 band . plz tell me about secondary candidate scoring for much secondary candidate needs ?????

        • BobinOz July 25, 2011, 10:15 pm |

          Not sure what the requirement is for secondary candidates, not sure there even is one. But you would have to check with the migration agent or the Australian immigration Department, as I’m……….. not sure.

  • sandeep July 22, 2011, 5:39 pm |

    plz provide me info about how to get Aus work visa from India as i have done B.Tech(cse) and have the desired exp of more than 4 yr in soft development . plz update me asap

  • sheen June 1, 2011, 3:06 pm |

    hi mate,

    I am a graduate wrked for australian process in india i am seeking a job in australia (customer service job).. can you please update where i can post my resume so that i can find the..

    • BobinOz June 1, 2011, 8:36 pm |

      Hi Sheen

      I’m not sure what you mean, I’ve never had an area where you can post your resume.

  • Rebbeca May 25, 2011, 5:54 am |

    I realised my post sounded a bit negative so I thought I better add in a positive note.
    It is still possible to get a job here even if your skill is not in demand. We value good workers so if you can sell yourself (as in pitching to a company you are worth it… not actually selling your self 😛 ) you defiently have a chance.
    I would suggest coming here on a working visa, try get your job set up before you come (rent can be hard to come by so its good to prove you have a stable income ) and that way you can find out if you actually like living here before you decide to actually move.

    Like anything if you really want it … theres always a way to make it happen 😛

    • BobinOz May 25, 2011, 6:54 pm |

      Sound advice Rebecca, with both your comments. The skilled occupations list does change and it is really difficult to get it right. You could spend four years or more training and getting work experience and by the time you get to apply, the skill has disappeared from the list.

      Very tricky to manage.

      But by carefully selecting skills that seem to always be present you will maximise your chances. And the best advice of all is yes, do come out here first and give it a try, even temporarily. It’s a lot of effort to go through if you’re only going to get here are not like it.

  • Rebbeca May 25, 2011, 5:47 am |

    We defiently have jobs in Australia but to get pr you have to have a job that will be in demand in the years you apply. Unfortunately this does change so you may have an amazing degree but if your not in demand it wont help much.
    Being Australian I don’t really worry about this but I would suggest finding out what Australia has as a skills shortage during the time you want to apply.
    I cant really give advice on what agencies would provide this information but I’m sure if you google it you could find some place that would help you with this in your city / country.
    Heads up though to some tradies and builders a lot of big business’s (not all though) are outsourcing there work to cheaper workers from neighbouring asian countries so you might not like the rate of pay

  • mia March 30, 2011, 10:50 pm |

    thnx mate 😀

  • BobinOz March 29, 2011, 7:52 pm |

    Sorry Mia, I may be wrong about IELTS 8, I think that is for certain professions, like doctors and nurses. Obviously, in some situations, a misunderstanding there can have serious repercussions.

    But for everyone else, I think 7 will do. but I’d get that double checked.



    I may still have this wrong, I’ve just discovered that 6 is good enough for some PR visas and 7 may be good enough for some nurses. Sorry for the confusion.

  • mia March 29, 2011, 3:22 pm |

    thnx bob…wow 8 for ielts?the 1 i got was for academic i think i need to sit for the general test & aim for 8 as suggested by u…but i feel a bit positive about trying harder now..thnx so much…

  • BobinOz March 29, 2011, 12:37 am |

    Hi Mia

    If if it is your dream to come to Australia, personally I’d say never give up. After all, you are only early 30’s, you still have plenty of time. I suppose it depends how much you want this. But I think level 8 of IELTS should be your target and maybe even consider retraining for something that is on the skilled occupations list. But if you do that, be careful what you choose as the list changes every year.

    But if you don’t want to retrain, then at the very least you should get a professional Australian resume written as this will increase your chances of getting a response to your job applications. I recommend Red Star Resume, you can see their banner around my site.

    Australia is not an easy country to get into, but as I said, I wouldn’t give up yet if I were you.



  • mia March 28, 2011, 6:26 pm |

    Hi Bob,

    I’m from Malaysia. I have 8 yrs working experience in Business & HR & Public Relation & Administrative & Finance for the company I am serving for now. I am working for a huge company in Malaysia. I am in my early 30s and have MBA degree and quite fluent both in English writing and speaking & have sat for the IELTS exam with band 6.5. But my job is not in the list of the Skilled Occupation List and I am still finding a way that can make me get a job over there to enhance my career and to be in a new working environment in a new place and I really like the country. I’ve tried applying jobs (sponsorship at the same time) in aussie but failed. So, do u think is good for me to keep trying to apply jobs/sponsorships?or just it won’t work this way?

  • BobinOz January 15, 2011, 8:12 pm |

    Hi James

    Well the building trade was very quiet towards the end of last year, and now of course we have a big tidy up operation following the flooding disaster here. I don’t think there’ll be a shortage of work for many skills, including joiners, for the foreseeable future. There are no guarantees with anything, but I think there’ll be plenty of work about. That’s my guess anyway.

  • james January 12, 2011, 3:19 am |

    hey bob

    im a qualified joiner here in uk NVQ 1 & 2 but i really want to live out in aus for 12mounths but i wont be able to take my tools over there and i wont have any transport whats it like in the building trade at the min?? i am willing to do factory work anything but animals i just need the push to make me get the visa and get the flights booked but always worry about finding a job

  • BobinOz January 4, 2011, 1:30 pm |

    Hi altaf

    Australia loves people with degrees. They love it even more if the degree you have is in a subject which is on their skills list. Check out my other post here, called moving to Australia: where to start.

    You will find a link there to the government website, click on the visa wizard and answer some questions to see if you are likely to qualify.

    Good luck!

  • altaf December 31, 2010, 12:46 am |

    hi bob,
    im planning to go to australia. i have bachelors degree in law . what are the chances that i would get pr.presently im pursuing admission in management studies in australia.i want to settle down in australia

  • BobinOz August 10, 2010, 12:22 am |

    Hi Priti

    That’s a great plan, getting a 12 month work play visa. It gives you a very good chance to find out if Australia is the place for you, and if it is, maybe you can secure a full time job while you’re here. If you get a job sponsorship, you’ll be one step closer to securing permanent residency.

    I hope you both have a great time, do let me know how it works out.

  • Priti August 7, 2010, 7:43 pm |

    Hey Bob

    Just stumbled across your website and let me tell you its a relief to read some of the things on here on a real world perspective. Me and the other half have gone ahead and got a 12 month working visa for aus and will be arriving in January 2011 if all goes well. I have been looking at jobs in IT industry and there seems to be a lot of junior posts available in comparison to over here. Having graduated in 2008 and having worked for a company for 7-8 months it seems that I’m still not able to land myself a job in the field after graduating. What a waste!! Fingers crossed we find ourselves a good job whilst over there! And some time to travel 🙂 bookmarked your site thanks!!

    • sandeep July 22, 2011, 5:33 pm |

      congrts Priti, for your work visa …plz also provide me info about how to get work visa of Aus from INDIA ,,,as i have done in computer science and have 4 + yr exp in java/j2ee tech .plz zzzzzzzz mail me i will be great thankful to you for this .


  • BobinOz July 26, 2010, 8:06 pm |

    Hi Alex

    Good to hear from you and good luck with that job hunting. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Hopefully we’ll see you out here sometime soon.



  • Alex July 23, 2010, 8:34 pm |

    Thanx for excellent survey about seeking job in Australia.
    According to your figures, my job hunting will be lucky. You just have given me I a hope ! 🙂

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