If you are looking for a career challenge in a country of almost unlimited opportunities, Australia should be your first choice because the demand for qualified overseas workers in most Australian sectors is really strong. The average working hours in Australia are 38 per week and the employees are entitled to four weeks annual leave.
1. Working in Australia as a backpacker
Looking for a job in Australia while you are travelling is much more different compared to job search at home. You may need to consider different opportunities you would never have done before or accepted weird working hours. Backpackers are allowed to work only 12 months. Those looking for a longer-term job can apply through SkillSelect for permanent positions.
Working Holidaymakers who intend to work in construction, will need the so-called “white card” and a day of safety training. And those intending to work behind the bar and to serve alcohol should have passed RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) training.
You can find a lot of vacancies online while still at home. Some of the most popular websites for job search are Gumtree, Backpacker Jobs and Seek. If you want to extend your first Working Holiday visa with another 12 months, you need three months seasonal job in regional Australia. Gumtree is a good place to look for seasonal jobs. Remember, don’t pay anything upfront as a ‘deposit’.
Get familiar with the Working Holiday visa
We are sending people to Australia for so many years now. Are you eligible? Check the main requirements below:
be aged 18-30
hold an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months after your proposed return
have no dependent children
be able to prove sufficient funds
be of good character and meet the health criteria.
The flights are cheaper in April, May, June and November, so if you want to save some money book your flights around that time. Another saving tip: If you are sure you won’t be getting a second Working Holiday visa, you can book a return flight before you go.
Even though it’s more expensive in Australia, the pay rates are higher too. Australia’s average salary is one of the best in the world! In some particular sectors, the Australian weekly salary could be the same as the monthly wage in Ireland or the UK. It’s worthwhile to think about this!
How much to expect?
Fruit Picking – $16 to $22 per hour
Skilled Workers – $28 – $40 per hour
Administration workers– $15 – $22 per hour
Chef/Bartender– $20-$29 per hour
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