Working in IT is a relatively portable skill, and Australia remains a highly desirable destination. A survey by global recruiter Hydrogen suggests that plenty of IT experts are eyeing off a move down under.
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According to Hydrogen's Global Professionals on the Move 2013 report, Australia is the third-most popular destination for professionals who relocate, ranking after the US and the UK. The report was based on a survey of 2000 people across 90 countries. The overall top 10 continued with Singapore, Canada, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and Germany.
In the technology field, growth areas in Australia which Hydrogen singled out were cloud, analytics and big data — all areas we've consistently seen reporting a shortage of local experts. Australia was the fourth-most popular choice for technology professionals seeking to relocate (behind the USA, UK and Singapore).
Of course, there's a noticeable gap between wanting to relocate and being allowed to, especially in a market like Australia which has relatively tough via barriers for relocating professionals. Nonetheless, it's a reminder that competition for your next job won't just come from locals.
Looking at the issue from the reverse viewpoint, working overseas remains a potentially useful way to enhance your career prospects. 77 per cent of those surveyed said that doing so had enhanced their career prospects, and 72 per cent said it had improved their salaries.
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