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UK Sponsorship – The Reality for Aussies & Kiwis

Global Career Link has helped over 30,000 Australasian professionals to find jobs in the UK in the last 15 years and believes UK visa changes have little impact on the ability of Australasians to work in the UK, contrary to current media coverage of changes to the Tier 2 General Visa.

“We do not believe that the restrictions on the number of Tier 2 General Visas available in the UK has had the disastrous effect on relationships with Australasians and UK employers that recent articles would have you believe,” said Gretchen Lund, 100% UK Ready Campaign Manager at Global Career Link.

Restrictions on the availability of the main sponsorship visa – Tier 2 General Visa – impact nationals from all non-EU countries, not just Australia and New Zealand. However, we believe that any effect on Australasians has been minimal when you examine the data and see that the majority of them enter the UK to work on Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visas.

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Proportionally, Tier 2 General Visa’s granted to Australasians has halved from 6% in 2009 to about 3% of all sponsorship visas granted in 2014.

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The UK Immigration Statistics from the Home Office data shows that the Tier 2 General Visa numbers granted has doubled since 2009, but the number of Aussies and Kiwis granted this visa type has stayed the same.

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The impression that there will be a breakdown in the unique relationship that Australasians have with the UK is misleading and contrary to reality. Workers are still highly sort-after and well thought of in the UK job market.

UK sponsorship“Migration is a hot political topic in the UK at the moment. However no one country has been targeted, there are more sponsorship visas available, Aussies and Kiwis just have to be more proactive in getting them,” said Lund.


UK Market Demand – May 2015

UK demand remains strong, job lead time increases

Prospects for Australasian professionals in the United Kingdom job market continue to be healthy on the back of ongoing strong demand, although the length of time to secure a job spiked in May 2015.

Source: Global Career Link

Over the past 12 months, UK demand for Australasian professionals has remained consistently very strong with 89% accepted for interview by UK recruiters in Q2 2015, compared with 87% during the same quarter last year.

Demand for Australasian accountants remains especially strong with 90% accepted for interview in Q2 2015, the same as the record level set in Q2 of 2014. There has also been a growing level of demand for marketing communications, human resources and legal professionals; most noticeably the later with an interview acceptance rate of 79% in Q2 2015 being well above the average of 55% over the past six years.

Bernie Kelly, Managing Director of Global Career Link commented “As I’ve pointed out to people over the past couple of years, the strength in demand is nothing new and not something that I expect to see it change any time soon.”

The current level of demand for the skills of Australasian professionals in the UK is only partly explained by an improvement in the economy. Constraint of supply is the major factor for the following reasons:

  • Once upon a time it was a rite of passage for young Australians and New Zealanders to head to the United Kingdom use it as a base to make some money and explore the world on their OE. In reality, we did not have much choice because not many other countries would have us. Now, opportunities and interest in working in other countries have increased
  • There are less Australians and New Zealanders in the UK to go round. Half the number of Australasians go to the UK compared to before the Global Financial Crisis
  • A reduction in the range of UK visa options has restricted the length of time that most Australasian professionals can stay. These days, two thirds of the Australasians that Global Career Link help find jobs in the UK have to leave after two years when their Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa expires
  • The exchange rate is not what it once was. As a result, the gap between comparative incomes in Australasia and the United Kingdom has decreased, while at the same time the cost of travelling overseas from Australasia has also decreased
  • Greater flexibility in employment terms offered by Australasian employers keen to retain staff has resulted in a greater willingness to offer extended leave to key staff interested in travelling overseas
  • Growing ethnic diversity in Australia and New Zealand mean less young Australasians have direct family ties or emotional bonds with the United Kingdom

While demand has remained strong, and the length of time that it has taken to find a job remained fairly steady at around five weeks over the past couple of years,the time it took to find a job on arriving in the UK jumped to nearly six weeks in May 2015.

Bernie Kelly commented “The increase in Interview to Hired Leadtime is most likely a temporary spike due to a slowdown in job market activity caused by two long weekends and general election falling in May 2015, followed by mid-term break at the end of the month. Our expectation is seasonal trends will return to normal in June 2015.”

Source: Global Career Link

Given the current market conditions, range of opportunities, cross-section of employers and size of the market, Global Career Link continues to recommend the United Kingdom as the best job market for those who are eligible and have a choice between working in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


The UK Job Market Update is written for the benefit of Australian and New Zealand professionals interested in working in the United Kingdom. It is intended to provide a quick insight into the health of the UK job market from their perspective.


Material contained in this document is based on the activity of jobseekers that Global Career Link has introduced to the United Kingdom job market between 1 January 2008 and 26 May 2015.