There are plenty of jobs in Australia for foreigners.
Australian employers are very open minded, and if you’re a foreigner with the right skill set, they’ll be happy to take a chance with you and offer you a job. Nearly one third of Australian citizens were born overseas. That’s the highest number in 120 years!
Right now, many foreigners are trying to get a job in Australia because there are lots of work opportunities there, and lots of companies are willing to hire migrants regardless of where they come from. Of course, your English must be pretty good if you want to work in customer service, sales or in the tourism industry. But if you have rare skills in IT, for instance, you could get a job in Australia even if your English isn’t perfect. What’s important is to show that you are willing to improve your language skills by registering to a course. Many companies pay for these lessons.
If you manage to improve your English language skills, you’ll have better chances to find a well paid job in Australia. Don’t forget: Australia is very expensive, so you need to earn a decent income to live there.
Here are the best Australian jobs for foreigners and expats:
There are lots of Australian startups willing to hire foreign IT specialists as long as they have the right skills. Famous Australian online businesses include Canva.com or Freelancer.com. These companies tend to be based in big cities like Sydney or Melbourne, and there’s a shortage of skilled programmers in Australia, so you should really try your luck!
Are you a full stack web developper or a computer engineer? Or maybe an iOS apps developer? In that case, try looking for job opportunities on our jobs search engine and send your CV! Don’t forget to describe all the skills you have in your cover letter, and maybe an Australian employer will want to set up a Skype interview with you to hire you.
Do you know about mining? Are you an engineer or a construction worker? Even if you don’t have these skills, the Australian government has a program to train the right candidates if you are willing to live in the outback and work hard in the mines!
Fortunately, the salaries are huge. Miners can earn at least 150 000 dollars a year. It’s a great opportunity for expats willing to live in remote Australian areas. You have to make a few sacrifices, but then you can save money for later! This money could then be used to get a mortgage to buy a house in Australia.
If you visit jobs websites like Seek or Indeed, you’ll see that there are lots of recruitment agencies in Australia. You can work as an IT, finance, blue collar recruiter. Basically, in every imaginable field! You’ll have to work hard, especially when you start your career as a recruiter. But the commissions can be very high when you find the right candidates for your clients. Many recruitment agencies have training programs for people without experience in that field. If you’re polite, friendly, ambitious and motivated, these recruitment agencies might be willing to give you a chance as a junior recruiter. Once you gain more experience, you could earn a very nice salary.
There’s a construction boom in Australia because the population is growing steadily. New apartment blocks, houses and offices have to be built to accommodate everybody. So if you work in construction or if you’re an architect, you can immigrate to Australia to work there.
Look at the new Barangaroo neighborhood in Sydney, for instance. Hundreds of apartments, offices and shops and a brand new casino are being built in that area on the riverfront.
Like mining, construction can be hard, but the salaries are really great. If you like physical work and hate working in an office, this could be a career for you!
Food and catering:
Australian food is very good. There are great chefs in this country, and the diverse mix of Chinese, Indian, French or Italian cuisine is amazing! If you’re a young chef, baker or pastry chef, you could easily get sponsored to work in Australia because people absolutely love food here! Cooking shows are actually the most popular shows on Australian TV right now… Can you bake croissants, cakes or cook delicious gourmet dishes? Then you should book a plane ticket to Melbourne or Sydney and start working for a restaurant or a hotel! Who knows, maybe one day you’ll open your own restaurant in Australia… Everything is possible Down Under if you’re ambitious.
There is a shortage of doctors, nurses and dentists in rural Australia. If you ask to live in a remote community as an expat health professional, you could get sponsored pretty easily. Of course, it wouldn’t be as glamorous as Sydney, but you would certainly meet friendly, genuine people there. Tired of big cities and willing to help? Here is your dream job in Australia! You could earn a great salary as a doctor Down Under, and the cost of living and real estate prices are much lower in rural communities than in big cities. That’s a win-win situation for you!
Now here are a few industries that don’t hire expats in Australia:
Linguistic jobs (translator, interpreter, guide)
Unless you work with an Asian language (in high demand) or you want to become a language teacher, Australian companies hire very few European translators or interpreters. Take the train in Oz for instance. Unlike Europe or the US, the signs are only written in English. Australia is spending lots of energy towards building business relationships with China or India, but not so much with Europe anymore. So if you’re a Chinese or Indian translator or interpreter, you could definitely try your luck!
The video games industry in Australia is very small. Developer, designer or tester jobs are very rare, and lots of Sydney games studios have actually closed their doors in the last couple of years. Maybe you should create your own video games studio in Oz?
It’s already very difficult to start a career in publishing back in your country. So imagine trying in Australia, especially if English isn’t your first language and you don’t know the right people in this industry. If you’re an expat, forget about it!
I hope this list of expat jobs in Australia will help you start your career down under. Don’t hesitate to add a comment if you have other job recommendations!