Australia is a land of opportunity. While many people think that work is only available in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s spread of cities means there are work opportunities from one end to the other.

Australia salaries (per annum)

All salary details provided by Robert Walters Recruitment.


Financial/management accountant: $75K – $105K
Audit manager: $145K – $160K
Auditor: $110K
Part-qualified accountant: $65K – $75K
Book-keeper: $60K
Financial accountant: $85K
Accounts payable and accounts receivable: $45K – $50K


Engineering manager: $190- $270K
Engineering supervisor: $120- $240K
Mechanical engineer: $90- $160K
Electrical engineer: $90- $160K  
Chemical engineer: $80- $150K
Civil engineer: $90- $160K  
Structural engineer: $90 – $180K


Sales manager: $90-110K
Sales representative: $60-70K 
Key accounts manager: $85-100K
PR manager: $80 -90K
PR officer: $65 – 80K

Office and Administration

Office manager: $60-75K
Administrator (1-3 years experience): $40 – 45K
Receptionist (0-3 years experience): $40 – 50K
Data entry operator: $40-50K


Systems manager: $85 – $130K
Systems analyst: $75 – $115K
Analyst programmer (3-5 years experience): $70 – $125K  
Software engineer (3-5 years experience): $75 – $130K
Systems operator (1-5 years experience): $50 – $85K
Web developer: $60 – $100K


What to expect

For every story about rising unemployment in Australia, comes another one about opportunity from those at the coalface of recruitment. James Nicholson, of recruiter Robert Walters, says jobs still exist, albeit in a more competitive environment.

“Every interview situation is far more competitive – more candidates of better quality are selling harder, and clients are demanding more from them,” he explains.

Growth industries

The buzzwords for 2010 are green jobs. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently announced his government would create a massive 50,000 jobs in the sustainability field – good news for anyone who fancies being part of the fight against climate change.

In additon, Caroline Vickers-Willis from recruiter RossJuliaRoss highlights health, education, construction, insolvency, credit management, engineering and IT as the industries currently recruiting. There are also regional differences in getting a job with greater buoyancy reported in Queensland and Western Australia when it comes to engineering, property, energy and mining.

Land that job

With more people going for jobs, being prepared to tout your skills and achievements in a way that makes you stand out from the crowd becomes very important.

Rachel Baldy, manager at Hays GlobaLink, says anyone planning on moving home should get in touch with a global recruitment company before they leave London. Talk to the people at the frontline of recruitment about opportunities and also about what employers are looking for.