Many businesses are starting to look to countries like the UK as a shortage of skilled workers across Australia makes sourcing the talent locally a lot more difficult. For those willing to make the move down under, the pickings can also be very ripe.
Salaries across Western Australia are increasingly rapidly; a recent survey by Australia’s Commonwealth Bank showed that the blue-collar workforce in some parts of Western Australia were earning in the region of 62 percent more than the national average.
Even roles which ordinarily not associated with ‘blue-collar’ workers such as truck drivers are now getting paid salaries of A$150,000 to A$180,000 (£96,000 to £116,000) with a little training. The more skilled professionals whose experience commands a premium – mining engineers, resource geologists – are in even tighter supply.
Such are the opportunities and wages on offer that it is estimated more than 100,000 Australians have moved to the mining towns. Many work as so-called FIFOs, who “Fly In and Fly Out” for their jobs, and the numbers moving has meant that thousands of vacancies have appeared in the hospitality and catering sector in Perth.
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