Sunday, August 10, 2014

What is the job market like in Sydney?


probably everyone who immigrates to Australia probably has employment as uppermost on their mind. Of course if you are sponsored by a company it is no a big issue, but once you are out of the company that brought you over its going to be a new, possibly difficult playing field.

As someone who has migrated to Sydney Australia and has lived here for some years, I thought I would do some research and also share my own experience.

For me it was fairly easy to get a job in Sydney. the credit crunch in 2009 hit. I was living in Europe and my contracts dried up.

I applied for two jobs in Sydney by phone from the UK. After a few calls I had one job offered immediately (well after a few interviews of course) and that was the impetus for me to get there. I had a job - very safe - it did not pay so well(for me anyway).

After I was in Sydney for two months - the other company came back to me with a much better offer and I jumped to them. (sorry first company, but to be fair it was a much better offer)

I was in a niche skill set. There were not a lot of others around and I guess I ticked all the right boxes in terms of skill and experience.

I started in a great place - came with good experience - came in at the right price.


The flip side. I met a guy from Europe, who was doing some packing on a removals truck - really low skilled labor.  He could barely speak English. Please note he was such a nice guy - decent hard working, good nature. But! he could barely speak English. I asked him how long he had been in Australia. "6 years", he told me.

SIX years - and he could not speak English even half proficiently.

I know this will make some people mad!

But! Australia is English speaking. I think its possible to learn English in that time? At least to convince an employer you are not unable to communicate?

A lot of people on this blog, post about their struggle to find employment on this blog and I have noticed the same thing on forums. I stick by what I say, make sure your skills are current and that you can bring something to the job.

Come in at a lower wage (not ridiculously low) and make it worth their while. Once you have a track record, find new opportunities.

My son does websites to make a living. He bumped into a lot of people starting new businesses (as they needed websites..) A lot of people were starting off as carpet cleaners, getting small franchises, pool cleaning and care, pet care and even running fitness courses for kids in schools.

One guy had built a whole fleet of guys doing carpet cleaning across wider NSW.

Some mothers were finding jobs at their kids schools in the canteen and so on. Find a way and get by.

There is a lot (a LOT of money) of money in Sydney, you can find ways to make it there.

Sydney, and Australia as a whole is affected by the global recession and downturn in the markets - same as everywhere else. Don't expect it to be a simple game.

A very unfortunate fact about IT employment in Australia.

I know for a fact (as I work in one of these) is that all the big financial service companies - e.g. banks and insurance houses are and have moved 80% of their IT to cheap wage locations like Manila in the Philippines and Gurgaon in India. Several thousand people have been hired by just two banks in these cheaper areas of cost and all of those jobs have been lost in the home location - Australia. This is a stone cold fact. This is why, in order to compete you need to make sure you bring the best skills to the table. You will need to compete with the best - who are the core of the company left over in the "expensive" cost-to-company location - Australia.

The pressure of the global recession is forcing companies to really change the way they do things in order to survive.

Ok so what do they statistics say?

People in Australia are working longer hours - more than 40 per week.

Of young adults who worked full-time in 1976, more than half (59%) worked 40 hours per week and around a quarter (25%) worked more than 40 hours per week. In 2011 however, less than a third (31%) worked 40 hours per week, and over 38% worked more than 40 hours per week

 The 2011 Census reported that over one in four of Australia's 22 million people were born overseas.

November 2013 growth forecasts for this year are 2.5 per cent

Houses are becoming unaffordable - getting out of reach of dual parent incomes

Commutes of an hour at least are the norm.

 Australia Sydney, NSW - 354 in the work in affordability for houses
 Australia Sydney, NSW- average house price  $722,700
 Australia Sydney, NSW median house hold income $80,500  (you cant buy the above house on that....)

Good luck to everyone out there with your job search, please drop a few comments on how it went for you?

Please don't hesitate to ask specific questions below in the comments section. I would be happy to try and reply based on my limited experience in Sydney.

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