In the USA, post 9/11 veteran unemployment is now hovering near the 9% mark with further cuts to planned for the future.
It’s not all bad news though as Australian mining companies are stepping up to grab some of that labour for their short staffed operations down under.
With the mines looking for everything from plumbers and electricians, to heavy-equipment operators and project managers, the attraction of pay ranging for these roles ranging from $65K to 200K + is being seen by some veterans as a very positive thing indeed.
Australia would be happy to open its arms to U.S. veterans, Kim Beazley, Australian ambassador to the U.S., said in comments posted by the Australian immigration department. “In Australia, we have a culture of assuming that men and women who have been through the defense forces arrive in the broader community with very great skills discipline and motivation and, therefore, we assume that a similar atmosphere surrounds those who are veterans of American armed services,” he said.
The immigration department has posted interviews with U.S. soldiers considering a move Down Under on its website. (You can see the footage below) “The majority of skilled migrants end up taking out citizenship, and we welcome that,” Sandi Logan, a spokesman for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship said. “We are not a nation that is reliant on guest workers. When people come to build Australia, we invite them to become part of the nation.”
Australian headhunters are looking for new hires at job fairs throughout the US with 400 to 500 positions needing to be filled immediately.