03 Feb 2010 12:51 PM
In response to your pm, I thought the reply may be useful to others so I stuck it here.....
Your best bet to try to get work lined up will be to go through the seek website http://www.seek.com.au/it-jobs/ , wa government jobs board http://www.jobs.wa.gov.au/ or through a recruitment consultant. The latter may be a better option as they have a vested interest in getting you into work and can do the sales bit for you.
In the past I have have dealt with a number of recruitment consultants, I even was one for three months in the UK, before I got disillusioned with all the lies I was expected to say to people looking for work. To be fair though my wife and I both dealt with 3 or 4 people at the Perth Hays office on a few occasions and even though they are still sales people, they were genuine and we both got decent job offers extremely quickly, though I did not take mine up due to getting work elsewhere.
A good name to start with is Phil Jones at Hays 08 9226 0899, firstname.lastname@example.org. He very very good at his job and migrated with Hays from England so he understands that element, it has been a while since I last had contact with him, but I believe he is still there. I expect he will tell you to contact him 3 months or so before you arrive as 18 months is a very long way off. If you do make contact, please let him know that I gave you his name as Lisa and I have stopped getting invites to their free drinks since we no longer work for them!
Even if you dont have work lined up, with any kind of IT skills it should be pretty easy to get at least contract work to begin with, the advantages are you get a bit of time and space to check the place out and maybe get a feel for a couple of different organisations. It is a very unsettling time and the wrong job really does not help - from experience.
The jobs environment is not the same as it was a couple of years ago, in that all you needed to do was put your hand up to get 3 job offers, but there is plenty of work about for people with the right skills and attitude. There are predictions that WA will be booming again not too far off once the Gorgon project gets fully underway, Aussies are optimistic and I can t predict the future. And unlike what I hear about tradie jobs, in IT there is no discrimination towards Aussies when times appear harder, that would be a feat when more than half of the staff in IT seem to be from the UK, south africa, SE Asia or india!
My experience in two IT jobs so far - one mining, one government is that Perth has a long way to go before we get to the standards I was used to in England, both have been positively backward and it was a shock to the system, but my skills have developed much more in 3 years here as a result, and they havent been shy about putting me through courses.
We could certainly do with decent Oracle person here to manage the dogs breakfast implementation that happened here a few years back. The project blew out by hundreds of million and then the powers that be decided to can any new development as it cost too much leaving us to fight with a half assed system.
All the best