Australia isn't bountiful work wise contrary to most peoples' opinion . It is just like any other country in the world. Unemployment in Australia is around 6% in some areas and in others can reach up to12%. A skill that may be in demand today, can be gone tomorrow. However, a qualified person who can speak good English will have much more chance of finding a job than everybody else. The good news is that in 2003 unemployment rate went down to its lowest level
ever and in 2004 has been even better with lots of
Australians are very hard workers
and very specialized in one skill. Even those with multiple skills, don't necessarily find that they bring better work. Specialization is the keyword in Australia. Australians are very competitive when working, and this competition can be reflected in difficulties holding down a job and it motivates the worker to keep up with the latest technology. Day & Night vocational courses are always full of people updating their
skills. On the other hand, the Australian employer runs his business as if he is in drought conditions. The number of employees are kept to a minimum, and the employees will generally have more duties to
fulfill than their job description.. Mostly, employers pay the minimum salary (called Minimum wage) for each job, determined by the Government in each state.
Payments are made mostly
weekly, and are related to the number of hours worked that week. Australian average wages are something around AU$ 498 per week or AU$ 25,846.00 per annum. This amount is before Tax. The financial year in Australia ends on June 30.Plumbers, Electricians and Computer Technicians usually charge by the hour. As an example: to remove a virus from a computer, a computer technician can charge anywhere between AU$ 20 & 80 per hour if you take the computer to his place. If he needs to come to your place, he'll probably charge around the same price but will require at least the equivalent of 2 hours work even if it takes only 30 minutes to fix it.
The greatest problem for professionals from other countries working in Australia, is the protectionism from State's unions and syndicates that devote themselves to local workers. A person we've met, despite having 20 years work experience as a plumber in England, had to take a course and get a State license to work in Australia. if he ever decided to move to another State, then a new license would be required. Professionals such as Doctors, Dentists, Electricians, Nurses, Lawyers, Accountants, Plumbers, Builders and many others, are required to have some kind of license or recognition to work in Australia.
Tip: If you wish to enhance your chances of getting a job in Australia, make your Resume or Curriculum Vitae
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