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What Skilled Professionals are ‘In Demand’ In Australia?

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Obtaining a migration visa for Australia can be a challenge; the number of visas available has recently been reduced, processing times are long and there is a high volume of competition. Add in the complications of the coronavirus pandemic, and it can seem more challenging than ever. 

Despite this, there are thousands of expats that successfully migrate from the UK to Australia each year, for a number of reasons, including:

  • Plentiful career opportunities
  • High quality of life
  • Advanced healthcare system
  • Financial stability
  • Laid-back lifestyle

There has always been an attraction for UK residents looking to work in Australia mostly due to the great lifestyle on offer and, more often than not, salary increases. The country has a very clear policy on immigration and welcomes migrant workers so you’ll feel welcomed should you decide to move there and begin a new life down under. 

Sydney Opera House at sunset.

How do I find a job in Australia?

If you’re looking to work in Australia, there are a number of useful tips that could help you secure the job of your dreams. Here is how we suggest you approach a job search in the country:

Research – The first thing you should do ahead of your job search is to look at the market. Like any country, there are jobs that are more in demand than others, so it is important to understand where you sit. If you have skills in industries such as digital or e-commerce, it may be easier to get a job, for example. What’s more, if you are open to remote working this could also influence your scope of options when job searching in Australia. 

Educate – Before you head for an interview, it is key to learn about Australian culture. The wider the cultural differences, the more challenging it can be to engage with your potential employer and coworkers. This can be the boost you need to secure your dream position.

Experience – Your first position in Australia is unlikely to be a career move. You will need to accept that you may need to get some work experience or voluntary work first to gain the local or work experience that employers are looking for. 

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Considering Occupation Ceilings

There are over 200 occupations currently listed on Australia’s Skilled Migration list, however, we’ve chosen the top 20 based on Occupation Ceilings.

An Occupation Ceiling is the restriction on the amount of Expression of Interest (EOI) or invites issued by the Australian Government for a specific occupation group.

Which jobs are in demand in Australia?

Job Category
Occupation ID
Occupation Ceiling 2021
1 Registered Nurses 2544 17,859
2 Secondary School Teachers 2414 8,716
3 Software and Applications Programmers 2613 8,405
4 Electricians 3411 8,021
5 Construction Managers 1331 7,145
6 Carpenters and Joiners 3312 6,812
7 Metal Fitters and Machinists 3232 6,335
8 Plumbers 3341 5,861
9 Motor Mechanics 3212 5,205
10 University Lecturers and Tutors 2421 5,042
11 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3223 4,866
12 Solicitors 2713 4,535
13 Management consultants 2247 4,526
14 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 2531 4,257
15 Other Specialist Managers 1399 4,188
16 Civil Engineering Professionals 2332 3,919
17 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2411 3,321
18 Painting Trades Workers 3322 3,303
19 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 2335 2,682
20 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2621 2,667


Are you considering a move to Australia? Get in touch with the international removals experts at GMS to start your journey. 

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