From time to time, gruelling tales hit the headlines about Aussies and Kiwis living in penury for months until they find a job in London. And that might be true for people with low skills, inflexible attitudes or simply unrealistic career expectations.
The truth is if your skills are in demand, you are organised and take the right attitude with you, it won’t take long to find a job in London.
Nearly three-quarters of the professional community we surveyed found a job in London within four weeks of arriving. Almost everyone had a job within eight weeks. One in five people found a job in their first week.
UK skills shortages are starting to bite
There have been plenty of skills shortage headlines in the UK this year:
- UK skills shortage hits record worst level, ICAEW, Jan 18
- UK cannot afford to turn away skilled migrants, City AM, Mar 18
- Visa limit breached for the sixth consecutive month, People Management, Apr 18
- Thousands of non-EU scientists & doctors denied UK work visas, Evening Standard, May 18
- Employment stays at record levels, unemployment also falls, Recruiter Jun 18
- Immigration rules relaxed for NHS workers, Channel 4, TODAY
Restrictions on the number of skilled people able to move to the UK means that there is more competition among employers for highly skilled job seekers.
This roadblock is taxing UK employers and recruiters, but it works in your favour.
Get organised and take the right attitude
Despite these skills shortages, don’t assume that you will just walk into a job as soon as you step off the plane. Plan for the worst, but hope for the best!
Entering the job market is a process like any other. Follow the advice of Aussie and Kiwi professionals already working in London – plan, prepare & get 100% ready BEFORE you go.
If the perfect job doesn’t materialize quickly, be flexible and make yourself more marketable.
“Don’t be afraid to take temp work or a short-term contract to get some UK experience on your CV. The quantity and quality of jobs I was being considered for drastically increased after working on a short-term contract for my first UK job” Kyle B.
The quickest way to find a job in London
The starting point for finding a job in London is to know where demand for your individual skills lies.
We strongly encourage people to learn this before they go. That little piece of knowledge will help you understand everything from how long it will likely take to find a job in London, to budgeting and planning your move.
And the quickest way to learn about the demand for your individual skills in London is simply to contact the team at Global.
Our London-based team are hard at work “at the coalface”. They are in daily contact with the leading UK recruiters and can provide individual feedback within 24 hours.
For over 20 years, the team at Global Career HQ have helped people find jobs in the United Kingdom. Along the way, we have helped more than 30,000 people find jobs in overseas job markets through our global connections and specialist market knowledge
- Landing a Job in the UK Survey, Global Career HQ, January 2018