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Java Pros,
Can anyone tell me what the java market is currently like in Australia.
I am planning to move from the UK to Australia some time soon.
I was born in Australia, hold an Australian passport and am entitled to Australian citizenship.
I hold 2:1 BSc. Computer Science Degree from UK university.
I have 18 months' commercial server side java development. JSP, Servlets, XML, SOAP, some EJB experience.
I have good RDBMS skills. Oracle and SQL Server.
Ideally I would like to live in Adelaide. To have more chance of finding work would I need to live in Sydney.
An earlier post on javaranch claims that candidates without local Australian commercial experience and without a degree from an Australian university may find it very difficult to find work. Does anyone know if this is a true reflection.
I have already applied for some java positions from here in the UK using jobnet.com.au but have not even received a reply from any of them.
Is IT work well paid compared to cost of housing and cost of living.
Any advise would be very welcome.
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Hmm, a lot of stuff to cover, but I'll give it a go...
My impression (from the West coast) is that the Oz market is picking up nicely. The last 6+ months have been a bit quiet but there are definitely more projects appearing on the horizon.
Personally I wouldn't believe the problems in foreigners (with valid work credentials) getting work in Australia. I don't have any concusive proof except that I've worked with many O/S people recently (mostly from Holland, for some reason )
I was looking to do the reverse trip at one stage (I have a passion to work in the UK, but thats another story), and I believe it would be very difficult to get a job anywhere if you are not there. Unfortunately you may have to just jump on a plane and see what happens.
As to quality of life and stuff, thats definitely why I live in Perth. I haven't visitted the East coast since the 'market adjustment' (what are they calling that now?) so I can't comment on it over there. Personally I wouldn't be so sure about Sydney though. Along with London, SF and NY its supposed to be one of the top 5 most expensive cities to work in...
Hope this helps.
(keep in mind all of the above is opinion )
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