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Back To Work - Emigration

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

James Mailley,

James is the Managing Director of Monster Ireland. Based in Dublin, he is responsible for driving business growth in Ireland and ensuring that remains the industry's leading provider of online recruitment services and solutions. James is also responsible for sales strategy and implementation. James joined in 2003. Prior to this, he worked as a management consultant at TMP Worldwide and a recruitment consultant at Michael Page. James has a degree from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Who is going abroad for work?

. Two types of emigration - native Irish and workers who were previously immigrants - so we need to acknowledge that workers who came to Ireland over the last 10-15 years are returning to their native countries and/or moving onto to new countries in addition to workers born in Ireland leaving Ireland to work
. Most areas connected with construction - from trades people like plumbers, carpenters and electricians across to architects and engineers
. Occupations affected by the embargo on Public Sector recruitment, e.g. medical professionals and teachers
. Financial Services - IFSC has been badly hit affecting specialised accountants and traders in particular
. Difficulty in finding work in certain sectors of economy - eg anything related to construction right across to specialised areas such as medical professionals

Are they making the right choice?

. Short to medium term outlook for Jobs in Ireland remains unpredictable
. Sheer necessity - mortgage burden not covered by social welfare
. Many other countries are coming out of recession now

What are the most popular destinations and more importantly why?


Strong Industries - Marketing, PR and Media increasing fastest. Finance, Banking and Accounting also improving

Visa - No real issues for EU Passport Holders


Strong Industries - Admin, Clerical and HR. Accounting and Legal. Skilled Trades in certain part of the country

Visa - from the official Australian visa site: -

Although the Australian visa process is complicated and can be time consuming, skilled migrant workers are considered a strength to the economy. Providing you meet the required criteria, there is no reason why you cannot earn a good living in Australia. For people of working age (men under 65 and women under 60) this can be done through four categories:

1. Skilled Independent Migration.
2. Employer Nomination Scheme.
3. Business Migration.
4. Holiday Working Visa.

Criteria changes on a regular basis and includes age, type of skills/experience, English proficiency and company sponsorship

New Zealand

Strong Industries - Electronics, especially Engineers, Health Services, Education, ICT, Science, Creative, Social Work and Contraction

Visa Requirements - New Zealand has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the world and annually actively encourages skilled migrants to emigrate to live and work in New Zealand.

On average, wages are lower in New Zealand than in the UK and Ireland, but then the cost of living is far lower with the average house price costing in the region of £105,000 currently.

There are four main areas permanent migrants will be considered under:

1. Skilled Migrant
2. Business Investment
3. Family
4. Humanitarian


Strong Industries -Engineering, Health Services, Chefs and several trades including plumbing, carpentry and electrical work.

Visa - from the official government site: Skilled workers are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada.

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