Irish hairdressers and cooks in demand in Australia

South Australia is set to be the top destination for Irish people looking for work this year, with hairdressers and cooks most in demand and heading the occupations list just published by the South Australian immigration department.

Migration specialists at www.visafirst.com say that, contrary to reports of increased unemployment rates in Australia, there is still a variety of employment opportunities on offer for Irish workers with particular skills.

According to Edwina Shanahan, manager with visafirst.com: "Despite news of increased unemployment in South Australia to 7%, South Australia has added these occupations to their list, showing there is demand for many occupations there. It is important if considering the move Down Under to take a look and see where your occupation is in demand."

She added: "For a few months recruitment activity slowed down slightly in Oz, but we have noticed a marked increase in the number of employers looking to Ireland for a skilled workforce in recent weeks. Trades are in demand once again and there are whispers of growth in the mining sector."

In the last five years more than 75,000 Irish people have travelled to Australia on one-year working holiday visas. Many of these workers have chosen to remain in Australia once they can secure another visa. Ireland is now in the top five countries for second year working holiday visas followed by Britain.

"Irish hairdressers who travel to Australia for work will be particularly pleased as recent changes mean that those with five years work experience in Australia can now apply for permanent residency," said Ms Shanahan.

However, recent legislative changes mean that all chefs, cooks, and plumbers now have to show evidence of completing a first-aid course before they can apply for PR.

On the list

* Hairdresser

* Cook

* Customer service manager

* Investment advisers

* Librarian

* Shearer

* First aid trainer

* ICT (information, communications, and technology) trainer

* Pharmacy technician

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