With the mining boom in Western Australia and the housing boom in many state capital cities, there is plenty of work for skilled tradespeople at the moment. Town planners, civil and electrical engineers, architects, builders, plumbers, roofers, tilers – most trades are in demand Down Under. 

Is there still high demand for skilled workers in Australia?

There is a huge demand for skilled workers all over the country. This skill shortage is especially the case within Western Australia where there is a resource boom, which consequently heightens the requirement for suitably skilled workers. This means that there are a number of opportunities for travellers on a long or short-term basis.

What do you primarily look for in a candidate?

Candidates need to have qualifications or experience in their relevant job field. Other key requirements are that candidates should be presentable, have good communication skills and be reliable. 

What are the rates of pay, and the variables?

For skilled contract positions the rates of pay will vary depended on the job role, the length of contract as well as the level of experience the candidate has. Specific rates of pay will be discussed with candidates during our registration interview.

What’s the first thing you would recommend travellers seeking skilled labour work in Australia do?

They should contact a recruitment agency specialising in skilled labour, such as Hays 

What sort of positions do you recruit for?

We recruit for the construction and property industry for all skilled candidates ranging from drafters and town planners to site and civil engineers. 

Is sponsorship possible?

Our clients do sponsor, however this depends on a number of factors, including the organisation, candidate’s experience, qualifications, etc. We also have other divisions including office support and labour hire – and there is plenty of that available here too.

What are the benefits of getting some work experience in Australia?

Working at your chosen trade within a different country demonstrates that you are able to utilise your skills within an unfamiliar environment. This illustrates your flexibility and ability, as well as enhancing your resumé for future job opportunities. In other words, you can’t really lose.

An Interview with a Civil Engineer

John Gallagher
28, Mayo, Ireland

Tell us about your travels so far?
So far, my fiancée and I have driven from Sydney to Broome taking in Surfers Paradise, Cairns and Darwin. St Patrick’s Day in Darwin was a blast. After doing and seeing as much as possible it’s off to Bali, then we finish off the year back in New South Wales and Victoria.

What made you decide to come and work here?
Australia seems to be a preferred destination for people and why wouldn’t it be. WA has great weather, fantastic sights and attractions, a welcoming population and a vastness that allows unlimited discovery.

How did you land your job?
I registered with an agency and had an interview within a few days. I started work the Monday following the interview. 

And what exactly is it that you do now?
At the moment I work as an engineer with the Development Services Branch of the Water Corporation in Leederville. The majority of my work involves the installation and upgrading of water and wastewater services throughout WA.

What are you planning to do with the money you earn from this job?
Most of my accrued funds are going towards my wedding in Bali this November. Whatever is left will go towards enjoying and experiencing as much of Australia as possible. 

Do you have any funny stories to share about your job?
My visit to the Desalination plant at Kwinana was a real eye opener and a new role in the Water Corporation gave me new projects to work with. There’s always something interesting going on and with cake mornings and celebrations of all sorts, there’s never a dull moment.

What are the good points about your new job?
The people I work with on a regular basis are very approachable and friendly and I’m continually introduced to more. Working with ongoing projects across the state is 
a novel – and for me the best – way of getting to know a place.

And are there any bad points about your job?
The fact that to fund my trip some form of work must be done… That’s the only negative thing I can think of. But the work is good. 

What advice can you give to other travellers considering your type of work?
Go for it. There is no better way to experience a country and culture than to get involved in projects and developments in the area.