We have covered the benefits of considering a permanent residency in the Land Down Under, and the reasons why you should pursue Australian citizenship while you’re at it. We even showed you why studying here is the best idea ever. But we never discussed why you should even be working here in the first place. There are many reasons. Australia has a friendly climate, a stable government, and a well-structured health care, among others.
Also, there are these work-related perks and benefits that make the country the go-to place for employment-related migration.
Living in Australia might be one of the most expensive when it comes to the cost of living, but the very high minimum wage offsets that by a great degree. In fact, it is the sixth highest in the world when it comes to average wage, and the fourth lowest in terms of salary deduction, as provided by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s numbers.
That means you will get a lion’s share of your gross earnings even with all the deductibles taken out. And if you’re a professional or on a white collar job, you’ll have a bigger chance of getting a better payoff.
Vast Career and Job Opportunities
Australia‘s economy relies on its robust sectors and industries such mining, agriculture, finance, tourism, media, education, and service; the last being the largest contributor to the country’s growth. Other huge employers include manufacturing, logistics, and information technology industry.
Because of this, the country is always on a lookout for skilled employees to support its still thriving economy. While some countries have job shortages, the country is working on its worker deficit. That means at any given time, some company is in need of your expertise and services.
Australia’s very low unemployment rate is a proof of that. At 5.8% as of March of 2016, it is one of the lowest in the world.
Amenable Working Hours
At an average of 1,664 hours annually (or approximately thirty-two hours a week), Australia has one of the lowest working hours in the world. It’s way lower compared to other top migration destinations such as Japan, New Zealand, and United Sates. That means you don’t usually stay two to three hours more just because your boss says so.
The country follows the 40-hour workweek. And they should. Australia is the first country to fight for such rule to give its employees more susceptible working conditions. Here, you can enjoy a good work-life balance, because you work to live, rather than the other way around.
A Good Quality of Life
Australia occupies the 4th spot in the US News’ list of countries with highest quality of life and the 6th spot on places to live in the world. It scores very high on life expectancy on both males and females and has a high rate of participation in sporting and fitness activities. It also ranks number five when it comes to purchasing power (see good compensation above), safety of the citizens, property price-to-income ratio, cost of living, commuting time, and pollution index.
Also, it is one of the happiest and least stressed countries in the world in terms of generosity, social support, freedom, and lack of corruption. While Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne were among the top ten most livable cities in the world.
Pleasant Atmosphere for Socialization
If you are a sociable person who appreciates good chats (friendly banters optional), freedom, and democracy in the workplace, then Australia is for you. Aussies are inherently friendly, grateful, and polite with a knack for a sense of humor. Sternness has no place here. And everybody is welcomed with a cheerful attitude and utmost respect, from the company CEO to the office custodian.
And this extends well beyond after work, what with their after-office drinks that can go five days a week (this is not mandatory, though). Or even to weekends, where barbecues and pot lucks are a norm. Just don’t talk about anything work or business-related, though. Those are a no-no.
Close to one-third of Australia’s population are immigrants, according to a report by the United Nations. Also, one in every four Aussies were born overseas, with half of them with a parent born outside the country. The nation was basically built by immigrants (just check their history) and their economy continues to rely on skilled workers who come to their shores.
Diversity is the rule here. There are no high walls or huge barriers to keep you as an outsider. You will be treated not according to your race, color, gender, background, or religion, but based on your character. That’s how the spirit of mateship goes. A strong tradition that dictates everybody should be treated equally, and should treat everybody equally in return.
If these do not pique your curiosity yet, here are ten reasons why living in the country is one of the best decisions ever.