08 Jan 2010 1:03 AM
Is the recession still taking hold of Australia or are you starting to find areas that are recovering...?
08 Jan 2010 9:17 PM
|There was a recession? I didn't notice, I was far to busy working hard making money hand over fist.|
08 Jan 2010 9:28 PM
|Bloody ell, nice one mate....what do you do for a living..?
10 Jan 2010 12:21 PM
|Seriously, Oz avoided a recession by a gnat's whisker. The downturn appears to have been worse over east due to their reliance on manufacturing. There was a slack period and some people lost their jobs, however, the ones retrenched from work all found jobs straighty away. Job advertisements are up and so are interest rates which point to an end of the downturn. |
11 Jan 2010 1:09 AM
|We were hit hard in Qld as the world wide econonmic downturn meant that there was less need for the mines such as iron ore etc here in Qld. The mines laid off staff, no more fifo (fly in fly out) work which meant an over supply of staff and less jobs as the closure of the mines meant that smaller contractors who serviced the mines had no work.
Things are picking up here in Qld - but slowly.
You also need to remember that Australia's jobless figures are misleading as a large number of people work on a casual basis. Whilst they may not have become unemployed large numbers had their hours reduced resulting in a loss of income.
My local paper used to have pages of jobs vacant - you're lucky to see more than one page now. Two years ago you could chop and change your employer - this is not the case now - if you have a job you stay in a job.
The unions are a bit anti-immigration at the moment as they are trying to protect the jobs of existing permanent residents and citizens - ironic really as many of the union leaders are ex-pats.
There is work out there - but you may need to be flexible and focus on gaining Australian work experience - which will help a great deal when the economy picks up and more jobs are created.
The economic downturn affected the states differently. I would say that Qld was one of the hardest hit (and you can tell this by the lack of trades on the state sponsorship list) - however I do know people who did not cope so well in WA as they PMd me to see what the situation was like over here.
I don't want to paint a picture of doom and gloom - but it's not a booming job market at the moment - there is competition for advertised roles - but as I mentioned before if you're prepared to be flexible you will find work out there.|
12 Jan 2010 7:57 PM
|I can only speak for WA and to be honest, as an honorary sand groper couldn't care less what happens over east-just be grateful WA is part of Australia otherwise the rest of OZ would've gone down the pan like the rest of the world, or so the locals tell me )|
13 Jan 2010 7:46 AM
|What a Plonker. Get a grip....|