British construction workers, engineers and tradesmen are in demand down-under, as both the Australian and New Zealand governments issue pleas for more skilled workers, according to an agency specialising in working abroad.
Chester-based Emigration Group has issued its own plea for skilled carpenters, plumbers, builders, electricians, mechanics, fitters and welders to fill this gap. 'There is a huge demand for skilled people in Australia and New Zealand as great as at any time in the last 20 years,' said The Emigration Group's managing director, Geoff Taylor. The Australian Department of Employment and Workplace estimates that there is a shortfall of almost 100,000 skilled workers currently on their books, and this gap will rise over the coming decade. Meanwhile New Zealand has just opened its doors to 52,000 immigrants to fill it those areas with an, 'absolute skill shortage,' according to Immigration Minister David Cunliffe.