Moving to Australia – points to consider
Dreaming of working in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane but not sure where to begin? Financial recruitment specialist Andrew Wills provides food for thought and the first steps to making your dream reality
1. Australia is a very large and diverse country. Although the population is relatively small at around 21 million, the land area is over thirty times the size of the UK. It takes around 5 hours to fly from one side of the country to the other. Each major city is unique, from laid back, beachside Perth, to the sporting and cultural hub of Melbourne, to the historical and political centre that is Canberra. Therefore, it is important that you make sure you know what your drivers are for emigrating, so you can assess which city will most feel like home. Sydney is the largest city by population, and is the nation’s economic capital; however the cost of living is high relative to the rest of the country.
2. Lifestyle. If you are moving to Australia for lifestyle reasons, you should be aware that whilst Aussies pride themselves on leading a more relaxed lifestyle overall- and very much enjoy their leisure and outdoor time- they still work hard. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of professional roles will still likely require you to work more than the standard hours of 9-5, and we don't turn up to the office in shorts and flip-flops!
3. Visa practicalities. Australian government website www.immi.gov.au details the different visas on offer. Types 457 and 417 are the most common for people looking to relocate temporarily with the right to work- but you need to do your research and ensure that you are legally allowed to work in Australia before you book anything. Check out all of the limitations associated with each type of Visa before you apply.
4. Make the trip! Keep in mind that most companies and recruitment agencies will not commence the interview process with you for specific jobs until you have arrived in the country. Once you have conducted your research and have obtained the correct visa, you may need to take a risk and just book your flight. Unless you have a very specific skill set that cannot be sourced from the local market, it is very rare to be offered a role without first attending a face-to-face interview. To get a better understanding of the demand for your specific skill set, and maximise your chances of success, contact a recruitment consultant who is a specialist in your market before you leave.
5. Remuneration. Weigh up the salaries on offer for your role type, and compare them against the cost of living, to ensure that you can afford all of the costs associated with your move, as well as costs of securing accommodation, and living expenses in the time taken for you to find the right role. Have a detailed discussion with your recruitment consultant about any variances in salaries relative to skill set in order to gain an understanding of what you can expect.
Andrew Wills, director, Accounting and Finance, Sydney
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