The world is well aware of the Brexit saga and watching to see what impact it will have.
And 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.
So just how hard is it to find a job in London at the moment? Is it taking longer? How does that compare to the previous year?
The truth is, if your skills are in demand, you plan ahead, you prepare and you are organised, it still doesn’t take long to find a job in London.
In our most recent “Landing a Job in London” survey, almost a quarter of the professional community that we surveyed found a job in London in less than 1 week of arriving.
Overall, the time it took to get a job in 2018 increased slightly from the previous year. The number of people finding jobs in London within 4 weeks falling from 74% – 69%.
That said, when asked “How easy do you think it will be to find a job in London this year?” – here are some responses:
There still seems to be quite a high turnover of staff in a lot of industries, from what is constantly going on and off sites (specifically Linked In) there isn’t a shortage of jobs varying in experience level or industries.” F.G
Employers still seem to be on the lookout for temporary workers.” S.P
It’s so easy to find work in London within the finance industry. Particularly if you’re looking for shorter contracting jobs.” J.P
There still seems to be a good range of jobs on the market in my field of work which is communications/marketing.” D.F
Skills Shortages and Migration are Constant Headlines
Despite Brexit, or perhaps because of it, there have been plenty of skills shortage and migration headlines in the UK over the past 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
- Employment stays at record levels, unemployment also falls, Recruiter Jun 18
- Brexit supply shock as fewer EU citizens arrive in the UK, Guardian, July 18
- UK jobless rate falls to lowest since 1975, Trading Economics, Aug 18
- UK jobs market can’t defy gravity indefinitely, REC, Dec 18
- Brexit fears strike – new perm jobs growth drops, KPMG & REC, Jan 19
Opportunities for Australasians
The above articles highlight the challenge facing UK employers and recruiters.
Brexit is impacting the willingness of passive job seekers in the UK market to move jobs. Restrictions on the number of skilled people able to move to the UK simply adds to the problem.
These two factors help to explain why there is so much competition among employers for highly skilled job seekers.
Get Organised and Get a Job in London
With Brexit on the horizon and uncertainty around jobs for EU workers, this represents an opportunity for Aussies and Kiwis wanting to find a job in London.
It helps to explain why they find work so quickly, and why Aussies and Kiwis in London remain so positive about working there.
Just remember. If you are thinking about heading to London, make sure you follow the advice of Aussie and Kiwi professionals already working there – plan, prepare & be organised before you go!
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