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More Brits Seek Jobs Down Under

More Brits Seek Jobs Down Under

Specialist skills remain in demand in tighter labour markets

The number of Brits seeking jobs in Australia and New Zealand has risen by 20% in the past year, according to new figures from Hays, the leading international recruitment group.

Hays now has up to 200 enquiries a week in the UK from people seeking work in Australia and New Zealand, but tighter immigration controls and a shrinking jobs market is making it more difficult to secure work. Of those applicants 60% are from the UK and Ireland seeking new opportunities down under. The numbers of Australians and New Zealanders departing the UK to head home has grown significantly and now makes up 20% of the total. The remaining 20% is made up of other nationalities looking for work abroad.

Although in common with all developed economies fewer jobs are available in total in Australia and New Zealand, specialist skills continue to be in demand, particularly in areas like specialist IT, engineering and renewable energy. In the past 12 months Hays has placed more than 400 candidates in jobs in Australia and New Zealand from overseas.

Alistair Cox, Chief Executive of Hays said: Most economies are experiencing recession or slower rates of growth and, against that background, labour markets are becoming increasing mobile, not just nationally but on an international scale. For recruiters the talent pool now stretches way beyond national boundaries and for candidates the opportunities are still out there providing that they have the right skills. Our job at Hays is to use our skills as a specialist recruiter and leverage our international footprint to bridge the gap between the skills that are in demand and the talent that is available through our international network.

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