The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data show that metal welders saw their pay rise by 22.2% in the last six years in the UK, reflecting strong demand for skilled construction workers, despite the recession.
Other big pay rise winners include health and social services managers whose salaries have soared by 21.1% and teaching professionals whose pay has risen by an average of 11.6%, compared to the average UK salary increase of 11.4% over the last six years.
These categories of workers are also in demand in Australia, and where employers are having to offer competitive salaries in order to attract skilled workers.
New South Wales in Australia has recently announced an expansion of its skilled occupation list, which means that people with skills in certain trades and professions may now be nominated by the New South Wales government for an Australian visa.
Categories of worker on the list include metal workers (including welders), construction workers, teachers, engineers, medical staff, scientists, IT workers, lawyers and accountants.
This means that the above trades can now apply for permanent visas to New South Wales and state sponsorship means that their permanent resident applications will be processed faster.
Edwina Shanahan, director at VisaFirst said, “There are great opportunities in Australia but applicants need to move fast, because once these quotas are filled, they could be removed from the New South Wales list.
“Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is regularly cited as one of the best places to live, with its sunny weather, proximity to world class beaches and strong cultural and entertainment attractions.”
26 November 2012