The first ‘job seekers’ in Australia were the 800 convicts who sailed with the First Fleet which arrived in Australia on Jan 26, 1788.
Squatting on lands traditionally held by the aborigines, the settlers built up an economy based on sheep rearing, agriculture and natural resources.
However, today the economy offers many more opportunities – in diverse sectors like IT, sales, financial services and health care – to job seekers who want to forge a new beginning in the Lucky Country.
There is a shortage of skilled workers today in Australia and this is the reason why the government now offers a ‘Skill Stream’ category for immigrants.
The Unofficial List Of The Top 9 Cities For Job Seekers In Australia
This list also includes corresponding hot sectors in each city.
- Sydney: Hot Sectors: Property and business services, retail, manufacturing, and health and community services. Trends: Since the 1980s, jobs have moved from manufacturing to the services and information sectors.
- Melbourne: Hot Sectors: Finance, manufacturing, research, IT, education, logistics and transportation, conventions and tourism. Trends: In 2009, more new jobs were created in Melbourne than any other Australian capital – almost as many as the next two fastest growing cities, Brisbane and Perth, combined. Melbourne’s property market remained strong, resulting in historically high property prices and widespread rent increases.
- Brisbane: Hot Sectors: Information technology, financial services, public sector administration, tourism, petroleum refining, stevedoring, paper milling, metalworking and QR railway workshops.
- Perth: Hot Sectors: Services related to resources industries, other services, agriculture. Trends: Employment growth has occurred not in manufacturing but in retail and wholesale trade, business services, health, education, community and personal services and in public administration.
- Adelaide: Hot Sectors: Manufacturing, defence technology and research, commodity export and corresponding service industries. Health care and social assistance represented nearly 13% of the state average annual employment. The retail trade is the second largest employer. Trends: In recent years there has been a growing trend towards part-time (which includes casual) employment, increasing from 11.6% of the workplace in 1991, to over a third today.
- Gold Coast City : Hot Sectors: Tourism (most important), marine, education, information communication and technology, food, tourism, creative, environment and sports.
- Canberra: Hot Sectors: Government administration and defence.
- Hobart: Hot Sectors: Seaport & Tourism (Cruise ships to Antartica), shipbuilding. Trends: The last 15–20 years have also seen Hobart’s wine industry thrive as many vineyards have developed in countryside areas outside of the city.
- Ballarat: Hot Sectors: Tourism and hospitality (main sectors). Other sectors for job finders: Manufacturing, education and information technology as well as primary industries including agriculture, mining and renewable energy.
Hot Jobs in Australia
accountant, farm worker, architect, fashion illustrator, airline crew, builder, carpenter, day-care specialist, computer professional, community and social worker, performing artist, economist, television researcher, geologist, hairdresser, horticulturalist, technical writer, physiotherapist, optician, cabinet-maker, beauty therapist, painter/decorator, chef, caterer, journalist, leisure manager, advertising agent, glazier, doctor, lawyer, nurse, ranger, retailer, teacher.
The Unofficial List Of Top 100 Employers In Australia
Advanced Solutions International
Air New Zealand
Amgen Australia Pty Ltd
ANZ Banking Group
Atlassian Pty Ltd
Australian Taxation Office
C3 Business Solutions Pty Ltd
Check Point Software Technologies
Coca-Coal South Pacific Pty Limited
Commonwealth Bank Group
Employment Office Group
Fonterra Co-op Group
Google Australia Pty. Ltd.
Insurance Australia Group
JDS Australia Pty Ltd
McAfee Australia Pty Limited
National Australia Bank
NetApp Australia Pty Ltd
Paul Ramsay Holdings
Philip Webb Pty Ltd
Pitcher Partners Advisors Proprietary Limited
Porter Davis Homes
Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd
Ramsay Health Care
Readify Pty. Ltd.
SAS Institute Australia, Pty. Limited
Silver Chef Limited
South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area HS
Sydney West Area Health Service
Telcoinabox Pty Ltd
The Nova Group of Companies
The Physio Co
The SMART Group Pty. Ltd.
Unique World Pty Limited
Viteknologies Pty Ltd
Westpac Banking Corporation
Use the following criteria to shortlist companies you should target:
• Global or a local organization; private or public company; large vs small organizations?
• Company’s financial health & growth
• Stability & low stress environment
• Learning opportunities, focus on innovation
• Overseas projects, vertical growth
• Flexibility, work-from-home
• Health, financial & family benefits
• Community involvement, ethical work environment