Down Under Live – Newcastle 2013

It’s all systems go again in the office as we gear up for the first ever Down Under Live Exhibition to be held in Newcastle. The JobzinOz Team will be heading down to the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle City Centre on Saturday the 11th and Sunday 12th of May to meet any Engineers who are looking to relocate to Australia. We will be discussing our current and upcoming vacancies with candidates and also giving you info on how we work. We hope to register a lot of jobseekers on our ever-growing database of fantastic candidates who want to make big changes to their lives and continue their career in the sunshine! Why not come along and meet with us…?

Down Under Live Exhibition

Wow what a good turn out we had at the two exhibitions in Glasgow and Birmingham. From all of us at the office we would like to thank everyone who attended and came to see us at the two exhibitions. We met some awesome people with lots of skills that companies out in Australia are crying out for.

We will soon have some new opportunities coming in for Electricians and Linesman, so everyone keep an eye out on our job board for the next couple months because you don’t want to miss out on your dream job over in sunny Australia.

To everyone who did attend and managed to speak to us, remember to get yourself registered on the site because if you want to be considered for any of our exciting opportunities and for the up you need to have  uploaded your cv. If you feel this is for some of your friends who didn’t attend the Down Under Live Exhibition, tell them to have a look at our site and register with us; we like talking to everyone trying to start a new life in Oz!

Solar Power Shines

What is the sunny country Australia doing about solar? Solar panels sit on about 750,000 of Australia’s 8 million homes. That number is expected to increase to 1 million homes in a year, according to Ray Wills, the Sustainable Energy Association’s chief adviser.

Solar is compelling because electricity prices are rising and the price of solar systems is plummeting. Government incentives such as feed-in tariffs, where households are paid a price premium for power sent to the grid, have helped boost the take-up of solar. Feed-in tariffs have helped increase the average size of solar systems to 2.84 kilowatts, says Ray Wills (the Sustainable Energy Association’s chief advisor).

Economy Continues to Grow

Australia’s 21-year unbroken run of economic growth continues. The GDP growth figure for the three months to the end of June was still strong: up 0.6 percent for the quarter with annual growth of 3.7 percent.

The numbers are strong, but challenges lie ahead, with the slow-down in iron ore and copper prices contributing to BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals all deferring expansion plans.

Given that much of Australia’s growth will come from the development of resources projects, not the production from them, the announcements from these key miners is important.

The Government, however, has in its back-pocket massive Liquefied Natural Gas projects such as Gorgon and the Browse Basin that are already in advanced stages. And while oil and gas prices have shown no recent signs of weakening, the Government will continue to talk up its Budget and its prospects.

Central Bank Interest Rate cut

The RBA on Tuesday cut the cash rate by a quarter of a per cent to 3.25 per cent in response to a weakening global economy. It was the fifth time the central bank has cut interest rates in the past 12 months and futures markets are forecasting another three cuts by the middle of 2013.

“As of June next year the market is pricing in a cash rate of about 2.4 per cent, which is more than three more rate cuts.”

CommSec chief economist Craig James warned that it would hurt bank deposit holders. “Judging by what has happened in previous months, home borrowers are more likely to respond to a rate cut by paying off their home loan at a faster rate, rather than going on a spending spree.”

In a statement accompanying the decision, RBA governor Glenn Stevens said a modest outlook for inflation – which is expected to remain within the target range of two to three per cent in 2013, gave the central bank room to cut in response to weaker global economic growth.

Meanwhile, commodity prices had fallen sharply in recent months and Australia’s terms of trade continued to decline while the jobs market had also weakened since early 2012.

Solar Electricians Recruitment Drive Started

The Solar PV industry in Australia is currently experiencing unprecedented levels of growth. With a huge 18,000MW of solar PV predicted to be installed by 2031 the demand for Solar Electricians with either domestic or commercial experience is extremely high. Skills shortages in Australia mean that Employers are looking to international candidates to ensure the huge demand in the market is met.

Here in the office, we are currently busy carrying out a screening process for candidates with a strong electrical background and experience of installing Solar PV. Our partners in Australia are expecting to receive many vacancies from Clients within the Solar industry over the coming weeks and in preparation for this large-scale project, we have started our recruitment drive in a big way.

We have already placed a number of candidates in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide with clients within the Solar sector and are pleased to say that all have settled into their new life and new jobs with great success. If you are interested in applying for one of these excellent opportunities or wish to learn more about the process and packages on offer, then act now and register your CV today with JobzinOz today.

Fly In Fly Out Increasing in NW Queensland

Close to 80% of all new miners in Queensland’s north west will be fly in fly out (FIFO), according to the latest research from the Queensland Resources Council. The latest report, compiled by Deloitte Access Economics, shows that while another 1300 FIFO miners will be needed to run the region’s mining operation, only an additional 400 workers will need to be located locally, the NorthWest Star reports..

“The existing relevant workforce in growth regions is already largely fully utilised and it will take time to develop the necessary infrastructure to accommodate an accelerated influx of additional residential workers,” the report said.

For the Bowen Basin the mining workers numbers are fairly similar, with a 75% FIFO workforce, while in the Surat Basin the ratio is predicted to be more even, with only a 55% FIFO mining workforce.

The report also highlights the expected boom in the State’s coal industry as the Galilee Basin begins operations in 2014 and the Bowen Basin doubles production. Overall the resources sector in QLD is predicted to need another 40 000 workers in the period up to 2020.

Life of an Expat

There are some things every person considering living in Australia must take into account.

Firstly, although Australians speak (relatively) the same language, don’t be fooled into thinking they are the same. The same words have different connotations, the sense of humour is different, and most definitely etiquette is not what it is over here. If you are willing to have the mickey taken out of you (sometimes mercilessly) for no seemingly good reason and are capable of laughing at yourself then you will enjoy the learning process that comes with adapting to life in Australia. An Australian will not bother to take the Mick (it’s called Sledging over there) if they don’t like you. If, after a couple of meetings with someone they are not having a go at you I’d worry slightly. Be direct. It’s hard at first to overcome the Brittishness of it all, but you’ll be fine after a few times.

Secondly, Australians take sport SERIOUSLY. Watching, playing, barracking (yelling and going for a team are both called barracking), discussing…..again, be direct, expect sledging, and don’t take offence. Win or lose (although winning is always best to an Aussie) enjoy the verbal sparring that comes with passionate team support.

Thirdly,  the vast majority of Aussies are open, friendly and welcoming. They will appreciate the fact that you have chosen to live in their wonderful country (indeed they can’t imagine living anywhere else) and as long as you are prepared to ‘have a go’ and learn the foreign ways then you will be made part of the family in no time.

And finally, Aussies don’t major on the formal thank you card thing…..but never turn up to a BBQ without a bottle (there are drive-in bottle shops aplenty!).

Queensland shivers through winter’s coldest night

Brisbane awoke to its coldest morning since last winter today, while some parts of the state shivered through their coldest night in eight years. The temperature in Brisbane dropped to 6ºC just before 6am, several degrees below the July average minimum of 10ºC.

But it was far colder in other parts of the state, falling to -3.1ºC in Kingaroy and Oakey, -2.4ºC in Warwick and -1ºC in Ipswich. It fell just below freezing at Amberley and Beaudesert (-0.2ºC) and just under 1ºC in Gympie and Toowoomba, senior meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.

”Some real standouts are in the west of the state, mainly west and northwest. In fact for Cannington (3ºC) and Longreach (1ºC) it was their coldest night in eight years. In Winton (2°C) it was their coldest in seven years.”

In Brisbane and Ipswich today, maximum temperatures are predicted to reach 19ºC, while it will reach a top of 18ºC on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.”The coldest place in Queensland today will probably be Stanthorpe, which will probably only get to 10ºC or 11ºC degrees today,” Mr Dutschke said, while Toowoomba is expected to reach a top of 12ºC.

It’s expected to be much the same tomorrow before warming up later in the week, he said.

Australia facing the prospect of a whitewash in the ODI

England are threatening to take Australia’s ranking as top one-day cricketing nation as skipper Michael Clarke concedes his team needs big improvements quickly.

The Australians never threatened England in a six-wicket loss at the Oval yesterday for a second straight defeat in the series and Clarke admitted the gulf between the teams was even larger than the scores suggested. “I think the scoreboard at the first game at Lord’s probably hid how far away the teams were,” he said. “It says we only lost by 15 runs but I think they outplayed us at Lord’s and they certainly outplayed us here, so we need to get better quickly.”

England is fourth in the One-Day International rankings but a whitewash in the next eight days would install it at the top of the table, deposing Australia. That would make England the first team to hold a triple crown in cricket, as it already leads the Test table and the new T20 rankings, introduced just eight months ago.