The Australian Job Market and Work Visas

A common worry among all adults, especially when we are still studying or fresh out of university, is finding a job. Being in a foreign country, the challenges can be even greater. Here are some statistics about Australia’s current job industry that will give you an idea of the jobs that will become available in Australia in years to come.
Firstly, try not to worry too much about finding a job because according to IBISworld, in the last five years, eight jobs were created for every job that was lost in Australia. Even better, many of the jobs lost were in jobs that pay less than the national average. This is fantastic news for anyone looking for work in Australia!
Between 2014 and 2015, over 70,000 Work Visas were granted around the country, with over 60% nominated by companies in either New South Wales or Victoria. While these regions give out the greatest number of visas, it is also where the competition is strongest.
The 457 working visa is most commonly granted to workers in information media and telecommunications, healthcare and social work, and accommodation and food services. There were also a lot of professional, scientific and technical workers, and construction workers.
On average, those working in mining earned the highest wages, followed by electricity gas, water and waste services, and financial and insurance services. Most commonly, work visas are granted to professionals, trade workers and managers. These workers come from all around the world, with the greatest percentage hailing from India.
Here are a few more interesting facts that may influence what kind of job you look for while studying (or even potentially career paths to think about after you finish studying). For starters, the service industry accounts for nearly 80% of jobs in Australia.
Australia welcomes 7 million tourists annually and this number is expected to triple in the next 10 years. This means there are a lot of opportunities in the tourism industry. Hospitality is also a growing industry, but currently only accounts for 7% of jobs in Australia. On the other hand, agriculture and manufacturing, which once accounted for a large percentage of jobs in this country, are now only 2.5% and less than 8%, respectively.
If you’d like to make your stay in Australia more permanent, consider planning your study around gaining a qualification that will lead to a job listed on the Skilled Occupations List. After reaching a minimum of 60 Australian Skilled Immigration Points, it is possible to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia. This is a great pathway to consider, and our student advisors would be happy to help you in any way they can. Give us a call on (03) 8610 6391 or visit our Spiible Hub at Suite 208/480 Collins St, Melbourne.
If you have any questions about this, or about any aspect of studying in Australia, please don’t hesitate to ask! Feel free to ask questions below in the comment section, or email us directly at We are here to help!

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