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Greetings, fellow navigators!

Firstly, we’re blushing: our expo in London got picked up by the media. This piece by TVNZ focuses on medical recruitment in New Zealand, but there was a great buzz in all sectors representing the three countries Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

On to more practical matters, let’s talk about the one thing everybody needs: work.


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For a long time, Australia was heavily invested in mining and manufacturing. However, that’s now changing, partly due to the drop in global commodity prices, and stricter competition in manufacturing durables. So Australia’s traditional employment sectors are now being overtaken by professional services.

Leading these are the health services, which have seen quarter of a million new jobs since this time last year. If you know a few things about how to fix up a body, or how to care for people, check out these opportunities. 

And professions – across the board – have good opportunities too. From traditional things like legal and accounting to snazzy stuff like science, IT and robotechnology, this sector has taken on 150,000 people in the last year, representing growth of 14%. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer.

Lastly, if you’re into education (either at school, or tertiary, or work training), then you could be one of the 120,000 people who’ve helped this sector grow by 13% in the last year. Here’s how.



The large Canadian economy – like many others in the developed world – is still emerging from the days of the GFC and its resulting shifts in commodity prices and global labour competition. As a result, mining and manufacturing have contracted in the last year. But there are new opportunities in professions such as public administration and finance, insurance and real estate.

Unemployment has turned a corner and – now securely below 7% – is independently projected to track down in the next 5 years. And, for those intending to work in the new-look Canadian economy, workplaces are likely to improve with a raft of new employment laws coming on line which will create safer, more transparent workplaces.

Meanwhile, recent research by Manpower group has shown that 32% of Canadian employers have roles which they’re struggling to fill. One of the main reasons for this is that there simply aren’t enough applicants with the right skill sets. However this might be a good problem for candidates, and applies across large swathes of the economy. Roles which employers are finding particularly hard to fill include: tradespeople, drivers, executive managers, technicians, sales reps, engineers, office administrators, labourers, accountants, clerks and teachers. Click here to view all.

New Zealand, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu in Autumn, lifestyle travel photography by lifestyle travel photographer Matthew Williams-Ellis

New Zealand, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu in Autumn, lifestyle travel photography by lifestyle travel photographer Matthew Williams-Ellis

New Zealand

It’s been described as a “rock star economy.” And while not everyone would necessarily echo that exact phrase, New Zealand has more than its fair share of opportunity. The bad news is that diary (formerly known as “white gold”) is suffering a drop in global demand. As a result our quite large agricultural sector has retrenched somewhat as it retools for new opportunities.

The good news is that there are plenty of economic drivers to take its place. Business confidence is emerging from a post GFC slump with the biggest quarterly rise in 8 years, and unemployment is trending down, currently at 5.3%. Overall, the indicators are good.

Construction is one of the hot employment sectors, with 31,000 new jobs in the last 12 months. If you’re into designing, specifying, building and maintaining stuff, you should probably check our listings. Health and social services also have a large, growing range of opportunities. The professions are as strong as ever, and education continues its upward climb.

Lastly, one of New Zealand’s big export earners is tourism. This means there is a great many roles in some amazing places. Check them out! And stay tuned for more stuff from us especially about this sector.

Greetings, fellow navigators. It’s expo time again! If you’re in the UK, this is your chance to get face to face with employers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and advisors who’ll help you get there (along with your kids, your pet and your pension plan). We’ll be in:


London on the weekend of March 12 & 13

Glasgow on Wednesday, March 16

Manchester on the weekend of March 19 & 20


And if you’re anywhere else in the world, scroll down for an interesting situation involving a doctor, a small Kiwi town and $400,000 up for grabs.

But meanwhile, the expo: here’s the low down:



Imagine walking into a room that’s chock-full of employers looking to meet people, interview people and hire people. Our goal is to get people in the room and start up some conversations without the pressure or awkward anonymity that typically surrounds job applications. And if that takes a bit of starch out of the whole process, so much the better!

We’ll have employers from healthcare, teaching, IT, hospitality, trades, construction, and engineering. So if you move in those circles, you’ll make more – and better – contacts in the first hour of expo than you would in a month of CV wrangling (having said that, bring your CV! Someone will probably ask you for it).


Recruitment agents

In addition to employers, there’ll also be recruitment agents from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Some of them are sector-specific, some of them are region-specific. All of them bring more opportunities to the table, and in more sectors. Fancy testing your animation chops in New Brunswick? Developing video games in Nova Scotia? Regardless of whether you’re a people person, a super geek or a financial wizard, you need to meet these people.


People to help with your visa

Getting a visa can be quite complicated, so dropping a couple of hundred on a licensed advisor who knows what they’re doing can save you countless hours of pain-inducing tail chasing, and it also improves your chances of visa success. You’ll find a select few at the Expo (including some of our very own from the Working In office), and you’ll have the chance to pick their brains about the visa you’ll need to do what you want.


Some other useful people

Once you’ve checked out the job and visa situations (maybe over a cuppa), you’ll want to shop around some of the other people who’ll be able to help to plant yourself in a new country. Firstly: money. It’s good to use a foreign exchange trader to help you convert your currency: some people stand to save, or lose, a lot. There’ll also be pension plan specialists who can help you figure out the best way to transfer your nest egg. And of course, leaving no-one behind, you’ll want to scope out the best way to transport your mutt or your mog from one side of the globe to the other. There are good folks to help with all of that.


So …

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Meanwhile, this just in from rural New Zealand:

A GP with his own practice in the small, forestry town of Tokoroa is struggling to find someone to share his burgeoning workload. Eventually, he took the role away from his specialised medical recruiters, and advertised the role himself. The salary? A cool $400,000!

That’s a bit more than twice the average income of GPs in New Zealand, and roughly twice the average house price in south Waikato. Alternatively, you could get a fleet of four brand new Mercedes SLKs, and blow the change on a 5 star world trip. Plus, the deal comes bundled with a share in the practice.

So, what’s going on? In short, rural New Zealand is crying out for skilled, English speaking doctors. The same is true in Australia and Canada (where French speakers are also in demand). It’s true that the bustling township of Tokoroa, with its population of 12,000 people working mainly in forestry and farming, is not on the career wish-list of every young doctor.

But small towns everywhere offer two great things to all types of skilled worker. First is community. Regardless of what you do, working rurally puts you directly in touch with people. That means it can be as much about your personality as your skills. True, you need to be the type who’s comfortable bumping into clients and colleagues at the local store, the pub or the school football match.

The second benefit is more tangible: the New Zealand and Australian governments both allocate more visa points to applicants who commit to living in rural areas. That applies both to working visas and entrepreneurial visas. Some Canadian states also have programmes paving the way to the rural heartland.

So, for the right type of person (front page socialites and serious city slickers may wish to decline), it’s well worth looking into regional migration. The visa can be easier, the work can be more rewarding, and by all accounts the money ain’t bad, either.

Whether you’re attracted to tiny towns or the mighty metropolis, get in touch to explore the opportunities in



New Zealand



The lifestyle

Canada is a land of diversity. With two official languages, everything from road signs to cereal boxes talk to you in both English and French. Sure, we import a bit of American culture. But we also take a lot from our European history, from our keen sense of irony to our parliamentary democracy. With a flourishing new-migrant community and a proud Inuit culture, Canadians are both cosmopolitan and open minded; urban and outdoorsy.

With roughly the same area as the USA but only 10% of the American population, there is a lot of space to go round. And what space! This is a place with over 30,000 lakes! Add to that the mountains, oceans and and forests, and it’s little wonder that Canadians love the great outdoors, just as much as their famous film festivals and thriving cities. There aren’t many places in the world where you can spend the day at work, get in a few runs on a ski field, and then catch an evening show.

The work scene

Canada, like most countries, is still in recovery from the global credit over-run which peaked in 2010. However, there are good grounds for cautious optimism. Unemployment is hovering at about 7.2% – about the same as the OECD average, and the OECD predicts a reduction in unemployment over the next 12 months. In the year since January 2015, employment has increased by 0.7%, which is about 126,000 jobs. Long term unemployment is one of the lowest in the OECD.

Most new jobs in the last year have been in healthcare and social services (4%), which has been attributed to Canada’s ageing population. Professional, scientific and technical services grew by 2.9%., while jobs in financial services, insurance and real estate grew by 1.7%.

So, if variety is the spice of life, Canada must be the tastiest place on Earth. Click here to find out what it takes to come and work, play and live like a local.


The lifestyle

It’s a vast country, but by far the greatest majority of us live near the sea. The biggest cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns are all coastal, and – from the Gold Coast to the West Coast, there are miles and miles and miles of beaches, most of which you might call stunning. Australia without beaches would be a bit like England without pubs. No one would know what to do with themselves.


The people here are a bit like the environment: energetic, colourful and slightly rebellious. In the high streets it’s not uncommon to see large, audacious print designs in boutique windows, or art with rich impasto, dripping with pigment on gallery walls. The blazing colour and boisterous rebellion also live on in movies like Mad Max, Crocodile Dundee, and Priscilla – Queen of the Desert; all of them loudly and proudly Aussie to the core.

But just because the weather gets hot and the people get boisterous, that doesn’t mean we’re short of culture. It’s called an opera house for a reason, after all!

The work scene

In 2015, over 215,000 new jobs were created and filled in Australia. That’s an expansion of almost 2% of the entire job market: not where it was in the heady days before 2010, but solid nonetheless. The good news is that this trend is expected to continue, with official estimates that employment will grow by 10% between now and 2019. That’s about 1.16 million jobs.

(Aus Government dept of Labour)

And what sort of jobs are they? The top five employment categories are expected to be:

  • Health care & social assistance
  • Education & training
  • Construction
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Accommodation and food services

Hey, the climate’s awesome, there’s tons of energy, and there’s work for the right skill sets. Click here to find out what sort of visa you’ll need to work, play and live like an Aussie.

New Zealand’s been said to be more like England than England. I think what they mean by that is that we look a bit like England from the outside, but then things look different once you’re in. With an egalitarian outlook, manners take a back seat to practicality. There’s less interest in the school you went to, and more interest in your taste in craft beer. As a small nation, we value people who can do stuff. Call it a meritocracy.

Perhaps the greatest expression of the Kiwi passion for a fair go is expressed in the relations between Maori and Pakeha (i.e. non Maori). Although no marriage is without conflict, most New Zealanders of all stripes are proud of their connection with Maori culture. Sure, everyone knows the haka (war dance) performed by the All Blacks. But anyone who’s ever been lucky enough to receive a formal Maori welcome knows that it’s a rich, noble culture with the greatest respect for the human character (and a famous sense of humour).

As the old Maori proverb goes: He aha te mea nui o te ao, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

Which means: What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

The work scene

New Zealand has a strong employment market. Compared to the OECD average, New Zealand performs well on all employment measures: unemployment (6%) is lower than the OECD average (7%). 75% of the total working age population is in employment, significantly better than the OECD average of 66%. Elsewhere, independent analyses predict unemployment to be as low as 4% by the beginning of 2017.

The sectors predicted to show the strongest growth this year include

  • Finance, insurance & real estate (21%)
  • Mining & construction (21%)
  • Transport & utilities (15%)
  • Services (14%)
  • Other growth categories include wholesale trade & retail, manufacturing, and public admin and education.

In short: New Zealand is a natural playground, the people are friendly, and the economy is well on track for sustainable growth. Click here to find the right visa so you can work, play and live like a local.

Wish you were here!


Another year, over and out. In New Zealand and Australia we’re all freshly back from the beach, while in Canada it’s been a more snowy, eggnoggy affair. It’s all good. The only thing missing is … you! What’s stopping you? 2016 can be your year to move.

Here are some tips to make your new life overseas come true.

  • Use our Working In job boards. They’ve got lots of jobs in many sectors, and every one of them has the welcome mat out for new migrants.
  • Use local recruitment agencies. If you find an agent that wants to put your name forward stick with them. They’ll be selling you whilst you’re fast asleep.
  • Engage a migration agent. They can be helpful especially if your occupation is in a ‘grey’ area (say if it’s not clearly identified on a Government list of skills in short supply).  Migration agents like ours can help you understand the best roles to apply for that make the most of your skills whilst fitting in with your destination country’s immigration requirements.
  • Research your preferred destination country, and build up a realistic image of what life will be like.
  • Focus on the goal and keep positive! Visa applications can require quite a bit of paperwork, so your determined attitude to see things through can be the deciding factor.

So, what’s stopping you? Here are some common challenges that we help people overcome every day:

I’ve got a visa, now I just need a job.

Congratulations! If you’ve gone through the hoops of getting a visa, then we’ve got employers lined up and ready to hire right now. Check out our Get in touch today for work in New Zealand, Australia or Canada. Or if you’re in the UK, come to one of our expos this March in London, Manchester and Glasgow. You’ll meet lots of employers from different countries, face to face. Literally hundreds of our expo attendees are now living happily overseas. You can join them!

I’ve sussed out the job, now I need a visa.

Good work! Now for the tough part: getting a work visa doesn’t happen overnight. Underestimating the visa application time is the most common reason for declined applications. The sad part is that most of those applicants would probably have got approved, if they hadn’t been in such a hurry! The visa application time varies, depending on about a gazillion variables. It might take a fortnight, a month or longer. Leaving the application to the last minute causes problems like job offers getting withdrawn, or errors in documentation, and then people get despondent. The Working In licensed immigration agents can help you get the timing right and maximise your chances of success.

So if you’ve already got a job offer, you need to get things moving. Get started now on your visa application for Australia , Canada and New Zealand.

My New Year’s resolution is to work abroad, but I’m not sure where to start.


It’s quite understandable: moving your life from one side of the world to the other has never been high on the list of easy things to do. There are three things you need to do to make it happen.

  1. Check out countries that interest you (go wild, it’s only a web search). Then choose one. Here’s the skinny on our three favourites:
  2. Get started on your visa application. We can help you with that for New Zealand, Australia and Canada. LINK “Visa”
  3. Research the job market, and then get one. We can help with that, too: New Zealand, Australia or Canada.

And check out our migration expos if you’re in the UK to meet face to face with employers ready to hire in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

I want to do it, but I’m embarrassed about my past or my health.

The very fact that you’re even considering life in a new country means you’re probably doing something right. Every day at Working In we hear extraordinary stories about our clients’ lives. We promise every client 100% total discretion (which is a condition of our licence to operate as immigration advisors). And to be frank, we stopped getting shocked or embarrassed years ago. The more you tell us, the more accurately we can predict whether or not your application will work out. You can trust us to do right by you.

I’m ready to take the plunge, only, it’s kind of a hassle.

Lift up your finger. Easy does it. That’s good. Now open one of the following links:  Australia , Canada and New Zealand.

You will be connected with a team of licensed immigration advisors, dedicated to helping people do exactly what you are trying to do right now. It’s all our immigration consultants do, all day, every day. They’ll help you with all the hard parts, so they’re no longer hard. They’ll tell you which visa you should apply for, and whether you’re likely to get it approved, and what you have to do to get it. If there are any obstacles, they’ll know exactly how to overcome them. Working with a licensed advisor, you’ll be more likely to get your visa approved, and get it faster.

I’m out of excuses.

If you’ve got a taste for adventure, if you love different cultures and lifestyles, or if you enjoy your job and yearn for a change of scenery, what are you waiting for? Make 2016 the year of exploration! With the team at Working In behind you, you’ll be well prepared for the entire process, from the job search to the visa application and beyond. So, make 2016 your year of change, right now for moving to New Zealand, Australia or Canada.

Christmas: summering and mummering in Canada, Australia and New Zealand

Merry Christmas, everyone!



It’s been quite a year for immigration. While the global spotlight was elsewhere, The Economist declared Melbourne the world’s most liveable city. You’ve got to hand it to them: four Australian cities made it into the top 10. Canada also did well, with three in the top 10, and in New Zealand, Auckland made the list at number 9, just ahead of Helsinki. But now, Christmas approaches. If you’re lucky enough to be in Canada, Australia or New Zealand over the holidays, here’s a guide to help you track down the treats in the silly season.


If you think you know what a white Christmas is all about, try Christmas in Canada. Here, you can tell any children in your life that they’re right next door to Santa’s place. Naughty or nice, makes no difference: no country is closer to the North Pole. And that pretty much guarantees that there’ll be plenty of white stuff to go around. mummer And don’t think for a moment that it’s all about snow shoes and eggnog. Well, it can be if you want. But there are also plenty of winter festivals, from Newfoundland’s Snow West to Quebec’s winter carnival, you can go dog sledding by day, partying at night. One of the great Canadian winter experiences is to skate the 7.8 km Rideau Canal, the world’s largest skating rink and the picturesque centrepiece of Ottawa’s Winterlude festival.

And … mummering! It’s a Newfoundland thing and it works like this. Dress up in funny costumes. Make sure you obscure the face, totally, and it’s good to include quite a bit of padding, so you’re really, really hard to identify. Drag is good. Then you go round to your friends’ place, knock on their door, and announce: “Are mummers ‘loud in?” Once you’re ‘’loud in’, things can get a bit loose, as your host is obliged to figure out who you are, while you’re allowed to talk funny, including the use of talking while inhaling (good luck with that), and they’re allowed to prod you to get a feel for your physique. What could possibly go wrong? Then you do a bit of a song and dance number, eat, drink and move on.

Australia and New Zealand


In case you’ve never been to the southern hemisphere, you need to know that Christmas here is a summertime affair. So do summery stuff! Play beach cricket, drink lager, get a tan, wear flip flops (which Kiwis call ‘jandals’ and Aussies, to their shame, call ‘thongs’).

Many households ignore the weather completely, and go for the full mid­winter style of Christmas feast: roast turkey, fruit pudding, brandy butter, the works. It’s all good, but consuming calories by the thousand in 40°C can be tough, even for the most seasoned glutton.

As a result, increasing numbers of Australians and New Zealanders are leaving the dining room for the beach, the table for the barbecue, and roast veggies for vibrant salads. New Zealanders and Australians both like to lay claim to the invention of the Pavlova dessert, a fruit­ smothered meringue named after the famous Russian ballerina, and it’s a never ending smash hit in both countries, whatever the weather, especially at Christmas.

The antipodes also have a range of local Christmas trees. In Australia, the colloquially named Christmas bush, tree fern and Christmas bells all have stunning, natural Christmassy appearances. And in New Zealand, the pohutukawa has frosty­ white new growth and a vibrant red bloom coming right on cue in December. The fact that its natural habitat is the beach doesn’t hurt, and kids love climbing them. Just remember it’s a tree, and it’s protected, so don’t try and uproot it for your sitting room: not going to happen.


If you’re in Sydney, the big news on Boxing Day is the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race, where hundreds of yachts ­ big and small, new and old, ­ take to the sea in a cloud of colour. Both countries have a thriving summer music festival scene, with the St Jerome Laneway festival in all Australian states and Auckland, plus a host of local one, two and three day festivals in both countries.

So, whether you’re summering in the antipodes or mummering in Newfoundland, the new worlds of Canada, Australia and New Zealand all have distinct ways of making the festive season their own. Look closely, and you’ll find it’s the perfect opportunity to get a strong dose of local culture in its purest form.

Merry Christmas everyone, from the team at Working­In.

Or, as they say in:

Inuit: Quvianagli Anaiyyuniqpaliqsi!

Maori: Meri kirihimete!

Bondi beach: On yer mate

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