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Perth (Australia) - Employment


In line with the current mining boom in Western Australia, the traditional sector of employment in Perth is in mineral and petroleum products. The emerging sector of employment in Perth is in engineering and environmental technologies – project engineers, developmental project managers, and site managers, in particular, are in demand in the region (not within Perth city). In line with Australia's demand for skilled workers in the ICT sector, employers are also seeking skilled workers trained or experienced in ICT (Information & Communications technology). A useful website is www.hays.com.au, a recruitment agency that generates anecdotal quarterly reports on various sectors employing in Perth (and Australia) – information about employer and candidate trends.

In the 2006 Census, the common industries that employed were School & Education (4.6%), Cafes, Restaurants, & Takeaway Food Services (4%), Hospitals (3.4%), Supermarket & Grocery Stores (2.5%) and Architectural, Engineering & Technical Services (2.4%). (Source : www.censusdata.abs.gov.au)

Expatriates who have worked in Perth share that the work culture is similar to that of working in other Australian cities. When searching for jobs, though, be careful of advertisements that generalize their geographical location – Western Australia is huge, and distances can be far. The city of Perth is pretty much isolated from any other major city. One way to limit your search is to indicate "Perth Metro", "Perth CBD" or by postcode (60xx), if you are living within Perth and would like to avoid a long commute.

This is one of the main reasons why it is not always a piece of cake for the accompanying spouse to find employment, especially when compared to finding work in Sydney or Melbourne. Although there are many employers seeking employment in Western Australia, the majority of jobs are based in the region and not in Perth CBD – this could mean hours of commuting each day, or even having to fly domestic – if you are staying in Perth. A half-way option, then, would be to consider part-time, freelancing or setting up a small business.

One website that caters to local employment in Perth is www.mycareer.com.au (you can browse jobs via neighbourhoods). www.allstarrecruitment.com.au is a Perth-based recruitment agency specializing in jobs in Perth. Part-time or freelance work can be found via www.gumtree.com.au or at job forums such as www.perthperth.com.


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