Immigrants may have been pouring into the UK in recent years but there has also been a steady stream of Brits seeking a new life down under.
VisaFirst.com, the London-based visa and recruitment consultants, has seen an upsurge in enquiries from Brits applying for work visas in Western Australia.
The mining and commodities boom in the area has seen personal incomes soar, with the north western town of Onslow ranking among Australia’s richest in terms of median personal income.
According to the latest Australian census, Western Australian towns grabbed the top 13 slots in a ranking of Australian towns with the highest personal incomes.
CommSec analysis of the census data also shows that more than one in five households (22.3%) in the mining town of Dampier earn more than $4,000 a week. Small wonder, then, that Brits are queuing up to cash in on the boom.
Commenting, Edwina Shanahan, director at VisaFirst.com, said: “We are being contacted more and more by Western Australian employers looking for different skills. We are filling these vacancies with both candidates from the UK, who are looking for a career move overseas, and also from UK candidates who are already working in Western Australia on working holiday visas, but who need an employer sponsor them so that they can continue working in Australia.”
Crucially, the whole state of Western Australia is classed as ‘regional’ which means that if VisaFirst.com has an eligible job offer for an applicant; it can apply for a permanent resident visa for the main applicant and their family. This means that the applicant can continue to live and work in Australia indefinitely. They will however be tied to the area for a 2 year period.