The Australian economy is booming at the moment – mostly thanks to the mining sector in Western Australia, where there is a labour shortage and wages have skyrocketed. The extra cash has flowed into other industries, including construction. As a result, travellers who are keen to earn big dollars before travelling on have never been more in demand.

What sorts of positions do you recruit for?

We recruit for the construction industry, and we recruit for anything from qualified tradesman to skilled and unskilled labour.

Are there many positions available? In what sector is there casual work?

There is a construction boom in Perth at the moment, so we are always looking for carpenters, electricians, plumbers, bricklayers, ground workers, and labourers.

What qualifications and experience are you looking for in a candidate?

Candidates will have to have relevant trades qualifications, construction experience or labouring experience.

How long are the work placements?

Contracts can vary. We have long and short-term contracts depending on the individual candidate.

Is there work available across Australia?

Yes, we have over 30 offices all around Australia.

What are the rates of pay? And what are the variables?

Rates of pay vary due to experience, which trade you are in and the length of your contract.

What are the benefits of getting some Australian work experience?

If you can show that you are able to use your trade in another country it demonstrates that you are flexible and able to adapt to different environments. This will enhance your CV for future job opportunities.

Thanks to Nik Hardiman, Manager, Hays Construction
& Property.

An Interview with a Plumber

Simon Arnold
28, UK

What made you decide to come and work in Australia?
It was the opportunity to travel and work at the same time.

How did you land your new job?
I was referred to Hays recruitment agency through a friend, and within two days I got work in Perth. I’ve been here for six months so far.

And what exactly is it that you do now?
I’m working as a skilled labourer for a plumbing company. I’m a qualified gas fitter in England, but due to licensing laws in Australia I can’t work as a plumber.

What are you planning to do with the money you earn from this job?
I’ve already travelled to New Zealand with the money I’ve earned so far, but I plan to see more of Australia and Asia.

Where have you travelled so far, and where are you heading next?
I’ve travelled around the whole of Australia in my campervan – from Perth to Perth.

Memorable moments at your new job?
There is a great social environment at work, and the funny stories are many.

What are the good points about your new job?
Good pay, I get paid on time, good managers and of course free drinks on Fridays.
And are there any bad points?

Well, it’s still work… But at least it pays for more travelling and for going out
on the weekends.

How’s the pay?
They pay is really good.

What advice can you give to other travellers considering your job?
Contact a recruitment agency such as Hays for skilled or unskilled work. Hays have offices all around Australia and New Zealand, so you can work wherever you want.

Would you recommend your jobs to fellow travellers?
Yes, absolutely.

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