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Are you a construction worker looking to relocate to Sydney? Because the future is certainly looking bright if you are, and we’re not just talking about the sunny weather.
The Australian population is increasing all the time. It has rapidly become one of the most popular destinations for people to relocate to and it is only likely to grow further, with a predicted increase by 16 million people over the next 40 years, according to Master Builders Australia. With the beautiful weather, the friendly atmosphere and an exciting culture, you can see why expats are so keen to up sticks and relocate to cities like Sydney.
If you are looking to emigrate to Australia and have experience working in the construction industry, then there is no time like the present. Figures from the recent builders and constructors survey, conducted by Master Builders Australia, have revealed that construction companies across Australia have confirmed that they will be looking to hire more staff and subcontractors to meet high demand over the next few years.
The survey also indicated strong opportunities for younger expats, as many construction managers who participated in the survey expressed their desire to hire a greater number of apprentices during the next year.
Booming Construction Industry
As the population continues to grow, so will the demand for residential property and commercial buildings, which is why a large skilled construction workforce is crucial.
Over the next few years, Sydney is preparing to give itself a facelift with renovations, new infrastructure and huge construction projects in the pipeline. Major construction will take place on the industrial land known as the Ashmere Precinct, which will be transformed into a residential area for apartments and housing. Harold Park will also be undergoing a similar transformation, by removing the old horse tracks and carts to make space for a brand new residential neighbourhood.
The population growth also means that Sydney’s public transport system will be challenged over the next few years. The City of Sydney has created a 25-year strategy document to connect the city via public transport and eliminate the crowding that population growth is likely to bring. While the plan is not fully agreed upon as yet, if it does go forward it will create a wealth of opportunities for the construction industry.
Reforms to the 457 Visa
The government has issued reforms to the 457 visa, making it easier for regional construction companies to bridge the gap when it comes to skills shortages. Anyone applying for a skilled working visa will be familiar with the ever-growing list of skills that Australia is in urgent need of, otherwise known as the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
Current 457 visa applicants must achieve a high score on the English proficiency test, however the government has now accepted reforms to relax this policy, in an attempt to streamline the process and get more skilled workers into jobs. Recently, there has also been an increased number of construction-related jobs appearing on the SOL, which further emphasises the country’s need for skilled expats within the construction industry.
If English isn’t your first language, or you are a little confused by the visa reforms, it’s worth speaking to a specialist migration agent such as True Blue Migration. They will confirm whether you are an eligible applicant for the 457 visa and if you are not eligible, they will find out which visa is the right one for you, before helping you apply.
True Blue Migration is a partner of SMG and is currently offering SMG readers a Free Australian Visa Assessment plus $150 discount off visa management fees.
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