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Moving to Australia?

According to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics in the UK, Britons are upping sticks and moving overseas at the rate of 4,800 per week!
Anecdotally, when looking at the statistics for our ‘Moving to Australia’ forum –, it appears as though a large percentage of Brits making the exodus want to head down under. Indeed, interest and visitors to the forum have never been higher, with the site recording nearly 1.5 million visits over the past 3 months. Visits, visitors and the number of posts made on the forum are all at record highs.

It’s not just Brits that are leaving the Uk and heading to Australia either. – According to a recent survey by TrackMeBack, thousands of Australian expats are abandoning the “economic doom and gloom” of the UK and Europe and are heading back to Oz to seek better job opportunities.

Australia’s continued jobs growth and downturn-defying economy are proving too good to resist for ambitious expats looking to further their careers on home soil.

UK Home Office figures show that the number of Australian citizens entering the UK for employment has dropped by 35% over the past three years.

The top ten jobs that Australians are returning home for this year are in mining, resources, engineering, energy, digital media, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, trades, construction and insurance, according to Caroline Rafferty, general manager of Track Me Back.

According to, many returning expats have been living and working abroad for a number of years.

“We see a whole range of candidates but our typical returning expat is degree qualified with ten or more years’ professional experience, with at least half of that being gained overseas,” Ms Rafferty said.

“They have usually worked in multiple cities globally and are now returning to work in Australia because there are better job opportunities and the economic outlook is more positive.”

“Many of our expats left home 10 years ago with a backpack, thinking they’d be gone for six months! Now they’re returning with a spouse and a family, and they’re looking to settle at home for the long-term.”

With the European economic forecast looking ever gloomier, predicts more of the same in the coming months.

“There’s obviously a lot of buzz around jobs in the mining and resources industries but we’re also seeing a steady growth in demand for candidates in sectors such as insurance, FMCGs, healthcare, management consulting and digital media so they’re definitely ones to watch in the coming year.”



Four Australian cities in the world’s top ten

For the second year running, Melbourne has laid claim to the title of “world’s most liveable city” in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Global Liveability Survey.

This year Australian cities hold four out of the top ten positions in the survey.

The survey measures cities across five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. It surveyed 140 cities worldwide.

The top 10 cities are as follows:

1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
5. (equal) Adelaide, Australia
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Helsinki, Finland
9. Perth, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand