The UK is becoming less of an attractive destination for some Australian workers. The anti-migrant visa rules are now a lot tougher and it is that bit harder for Aussies to gain entry to the UK with a view to finding work.
Political unrest and conflict in the Middle East have sparked a huge migrant crisis in Europe and the UK. Net migration in 2016 was 333,000; the second highest figure on record. The Brexit vote in 2016 came as a surprise and its full economic and political repercussions for both the UK and Europe are yet to be seen.
Currently, there are about 157,000 Australians and Kiwis employed in the UK, but despite calls from the Australia High Commissioner to ease visa restrictions for Australian nationals, it is becoming ever harder for Aussies hoping to come to the UK in search of work if they are not eligible for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa.
If you are lucky enough to secure a UK visa though, or you are already living as an Australian expat in the UK, here is a list of the most popular jobs for Aussies.
Working behind a bar in a traditional British pub is a rite of passage for many young Australians. There was a time when Aussie bar staff were ubiquitous in popular hangouts in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. Now, this is not the case, but if you are looking for a temporary job, pulling pints or mixing cocktails is a great place to start. If you work hard enough, you can earn enough money to fund a trip to Europe.
If working in a pub doesn’t appeal, a job in a different area of hospitality may be more suitable. There are always job openings in restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs, particularly in London and other regional cities.
Australians are a naturally affable bunch with a good sense of humour and a willingness to engage. This makes them ideal candidates for a sales job in any sector. Whether you want to work selling shots at a nightclub or you prefer flogging kitchens or advertising space, your accent, sense of humour, and self-confidence should stand you in good stead.
Administration is a good catch-all for anyone with an organised outlook and good computer skills. Administrators work in all sectors and there are few requirements other than a reasonable education, good telephone manner, and strong organisational skills.
There was a time when every middle-class family employed an Australian au-pair for the summer. Now, au-pairs and nannies are more likely to come from eastern Europe than Down Under, but don’t let this put you off. If you have childcare experience, a live-in job as a nanny or au-pair could serve your need for accommodation and spending money.
The more skilled you are, the easier it will be to find work in the UK. Depending on your qualifications, you could find work as an engineer, doctor, or even in the finance sector. If you are looking for skilled jobs, it is a good idea to contact companies in your sector before you apply for a visa, as a job offer could help smooth your passage.
The expat community in the UK is very welcoming, but plan your trip carefully to avoid disappointment.