If you don’t have a master’s degree in astrophysics but want to earn some cash quickly, then a job in the casual/ unskilled labour market will be right up your street.

The beauty of being employed as a casual worker is that contracts can last for as long as six months, but could be as short as a day. So, suddenly been offered a seat on a roadtrip mission? Damn yeah! You can travel when you want to and work when you need to.

There are also various types of work available in many different sectors including retail, construction, traffic control and promotions. “I believe that there is plenty of work out there for the right people across Australia,” Stan Kyselov from Edway Group recruitment agency told us, despite adding “it can be hard to predict the amount of vacancies, as the market is always changing”.

According to Stan, the rate of pay for casual employees usually starts at about $20 per hour. Workers with specific required skills will usually earn more. Many agencies offer training for green cards and confined space tickets, which are vital for working in the Aussie construction industry.

“Although specific qualifications are not required for most casual work, employees who have experience using power tools and those who are fast learners and physically fit usually find it easier to gain work,” Stan said.

So how does one go about getting that all important interview? “Make sure your CV is always up-to-date and that it includes all your experiences in Australia,” Stan continued. “My advice is just be yourself and try to stay as relaxed as possible.”


28, from England

What made you decide to come and work in Oz?
I never got to do the gap year when I was younger but have always had itchy feet, so I thought I’d do it while I’m still, erm, young! I always fancied Australia for the weather and the beaches.

How did you get your job?
I spent a few days hammering the shops handing CVs in absolutely everywhere. I got a few calls for interviews and luckily got a couple of offers.

What is it you do now?
I work as a Christmas casual retail assistant in Roxy selling surfwear and fashion for women and kids.

What are you planning to do with the money?
I’m trying to save the money that I’m earning here, to have a three week holiday over Christmas and New Year.

Any funny stories to share?
It’s a clothes shop for women but sometimes blokes come in and don’t pick up on that. It’s really hard to try and explain to them that they’re trying on women’s tops and boardies. There have been a few Kodak moments.

What are the good points about your new job?
I work with a bunch of girls so there’s always loads of gossip and scandal and the fab discount is a mega bonus! The hours are pretty flexible and it is fab having the evenings off.

And any bad points?
It can be a bit annoying when you help someone for about an hour and then they don’t buy anything. Also my poor feet hurt from standing up all day.

How’s the pay?
The pay is good compared to what you would get for retail in England and the discount is well worth it.

Would you recommend your job?
Yes. It’s also great to get to talk to people all day and I also love the clothes, and have I mentioned the discount?!