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Struggling Economies Abroad Encouraging More To Look Down Under

The narrowing job markets and struggling economies in the UK and Ireland have seen thousands of Britons and Irish people apply for an Australia visa and take advantage of staff shortages Down Under.The narrowing job markets and struggling economies in the UK and Ireland have seen thousands of Britons and Irish people apply for an Australia visa and take advantage of staff shortages Down Under.

Australian recruiters have reported an influx of workers from the UK and Ireland, with a more than 50% rise in the number of Australia visa applications from people looking to work.

Australian immigration authorities confirmed the rise, citing the 3,560 Irish citizens entering Australia on a 457 visa since July 2011, almost topping the entire previous financial year.

The number of Irish citizens choosing to move to Australia on permanent working visas looks set to double by the end of the current financial year with over 2,000 entrants halfway through the year.

Simon Winfield, senior regional director at HAYS recruitment agency in Perth said: “When you compare the economics in Perth to somewhere like Ireland there are an awful lot of people who are keen to take those opportunities up.”

Mr Winfield highlighted the growing need for workers in Western Australia and Queensland:

“If you’ve been doing any research then you would probably want to be coming through WA or Queensland at the moment.”

He continued that many Australian companies are actively trying to lure more workers from the UK and Ireland to Australia.

“People are aware of the economic situation in the UK and Ireland and certainly are targeting those locations in the hopes they can find the individuals they’re looking to find,” said Mr Winfield.

Mr Winfield said that while HAYS regularly deals with foreign nationals looking for work but had since a 25% increase in the past six months, particularly for positions in finance, construction and administration.

Props to the Visa Bureau staff for contributing todays article

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. I’m one of many people from the uk, my trade is in air conditioning which I have 4 years experiance in the uk but the work has dried up, and unemployment took hold, I spoke to my cousin in Perth which had loads of work here, but not in my trade air-con may not exept me due to lack of training even though fours years I have more family here than I do in the uk and I don’t want to go back, is there info to help my kind of situation I’ve been here two weeks

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