Anybody thinking about taking their skills to Australia and establishing a new life and a superior lifestyle (well, who leaves a homeland they’re really happy in?) would be interested in a conference that’s been considering that country’s future on Hamilton Island, a stunning resort off the coast of Queensland. In a way, Hamilton Island symbolises the promise of Australia. One of the Whitsunday islands, Hamilton caters for the elite, but also anybody else who wants to save up and go there for a honeymoon, a bit of a break, or whatever. So it’s a very pleasant place for a very interesting conference.
Australia has a big name around the world for its resources industry, which continues to boom despite the challenges thrown up to most developed economies by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). In Australia, existing and new minerals, oil and gas projects create thousands of new jobs on a regular basis. However, owing to the country’s persisting skills shortage, it’s fairly certain a big share of those will be taken up by skilled immigrants. At first glance, it would seem obvious that these jobs will be for engineers and skilled trades people. While these pros will definitely have plenty of opportunity, it’s also clear that jobs for IT professionals will open up, not just in the resource industry area itself, but also in support and service industries.