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Civil Engineering Job Market in Australia

Old Dec 19th 2014, 12:28 am
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From what I'm reading the job prospect isn't looking good! I was thinking to myself at worst I could always go to Perth, it's expensive to live there but more likely to find engineering jobs. I take it I was wrong there as well. Things are picking up in the UK especially infrastructure and gradually building industry.

What would be a piece of advice you'd give a junior engineer thinking about immigrating? Wait a bit longer and get some more experience? Are there any jobs or industries that are doing well at the moment in Australia?

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The West Australian - the local Perth newspaper reports that insolvency practisioners are booming.

The advice I would give a junior proffessional at the moment would be to stay put and get some more experience.
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Old Dec 21st 2014, 11:05 pm
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its bleak in resources.. the perfect storm of the end of CAPEX and then a massive downturn in resource prices

one more roll of the dice for me.. Abbott Point and the carmichael mine.. about 10,000 workers needed..
so me and everyone else targetting that

If nothing else.. back to consultancy and anywhere on the planet..
its been fun.. but OZ is an expensive place to live, without a good job
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Old Dec 23rd 2014, 8:39 pm
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Thanks all for the insight. I will have to think hard before making a decision.
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Old Jan 12th 2015, 10:23 pm
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I'm a civil QS. The big rail job I was on stopped so I was moved to a mine. Mining for me is boring. There are some civils jobs but I think you would struggle being a junior and not having Australian experience. I have a friend who keeps picking up 3 month fixed term contracts but nothing permanent. He has just relocated to Sydney from Brisbane for a 3 month contract, which has now ended and he has been out of work since early December.

In short - it would be risky to come out at the moment, I am getting emails from recruiters in the UK a couple of times a week now, that hasn't happened for a couple of years so that suggests to me that everything has picked up again in the UK. So much so that I am considering coming back.
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I'm a civil QS. The big rail job I was on stopped so I was moved to a mine. Mining for me is boring. There are some civils jobs but I think you would struggle being a junior and not having Australian experience. I have a friend who keeps picking up 3 month fixed term contracts but nothing permanent. He has just relocated to Sydney from Brisbane for a 3 month contract, which has now ended and he has been out of work since early December.

In short - it would be risky to come out at the moment, I am getting emails from recruiters in the UK a couple of times a week now, that hasn't happened for a couple of years so that suggests to me that everything has picked up again in the UK. So much so that I am considering coming back.
Well the rail market in the UK is obviously bigger and with Crossrail and HS2 on the go there should be more work. In Oz Sydney would be your best bet for rail at the moment. Depends where you want to be. Up to you.
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Old Jan 12th 2015, 10:37 pm
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Well the rail market in the UK is obviously bigger and with Crossrail and HS2 on the go there should be more work. In Oz Sydney would be your best bet for rail at the moment. Depends where you want to be. Up to you.
I am aware of the HS2 and yes that's probably why there is plenty of work in the UK. As for Sydney, you are also probably right for rail work. I am not going to risk moving my family though from a stable income related to the mine to possibly be batting for temporary work like my friend is.
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I am aware of the HS2 and yes that's probably why there is plenty of work in the UK. As for Sydney, you are also probably right for rail work. I am not going to risk moving my family though from a stable income related to the mine to possibly be batting for temporary work like my friend is.
Yes. Secure job first then move.
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Any one have any idea how much digger operators are getting in oz at the moment? I'm guessing a wage difference between Melbourne and Perth, earning more in the latter?
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Any one have any idea how much digger operators are getting in oz at the moment? I'm guessing a wage difference between Melbourne and Perth, earning more in the latter?
$45.64 per hour
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Well the rail market in the UK is obviously bigger and with Crossrail and HS2 on the go there should be more work. In Oz Sydney would be your best bet for rail at the moment. Depends where you want to be. Up to you.
I'm contracting on Crossrail now and earning the same in pounds as I earned in dollars in Brisbane 2 years ago, albeit that was permanent.

There are nowhere near enough staff in the UK to do all the rail work, half of the staff in the industry are useless as well and there is no surge of track engineers on the horizon. Crossrail, Crossrail 2, HS2 all still to come.

Fill yer boots.
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I'm contracting on Crossrail now and earning the same in pounds as I earned in dollars in Brisbane 2 years ago, albeit that was permanent.

There are nowhere near enough staff in the UK to do all the rail work, half of the staff in the industry are useless as well and there is no surge of track engineers on the horizon. Crossrail, Crossrail 2, HS2 all still to come.

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Sounds good. High demand little supply.

I did some consultancy work on Crossrail about 6 years ago. In the middle of the downturn - no such joy on the cashola in the downturn.
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There will always be work on the railway, I'm even considering HS2 myself, FIFO from Aus haha. Not a dirt digger though, I'm a fitter. Keep your nose clean and stay abreast of industry changes, and away you go. 30+ years on the Railway for me now, by rights I should die about 3 days after I retire.
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