Why come home?


You may have left Australia or New Zealand to seek new professional opportunities, improve your qualifications, or even to take a break and travel. 

But why is it that most Aussies and Kiwis say they want to return home?

The answer is simple. The familiarity and comfort of home and the priceless emotional bonds Australia or New Zealand hold for those residing overseas.

Plus, with recent immigration changes and the implementation of a new labour market testing to ensure Australians and Kiwis get the first chance to apply and interview for a job, employersare heavily focused on hiring local talent, meaning exciting job opportunities are increasingly presenting themselves for local professionals.

Home is where the heart is

Being in close proximity with family is understandably one of the top motivators of returning home, particularly when thinking about spending time with or caring for aged parents. Households with dual-income parents find returning home beneficial as they often have to grapple with challenges with childcare support overseas. Comparatively, living in Australia helps these working spouses immensely as their children grow under the supervision of relatives and extended family and can develop valuable emotional bonds with them. 

As well as this, a sense of belonging, patriotism and a deep-rooted affinity for the local culture and food often motivate Aussies and Kiwis living overseas to return towards home. 

Growing opportunities

Company profits in the Australian economy are approaching record levels and demand for talent in the Australian job market is high, with skills shortages in several specialist areas.

Major infrastructure projects are being completed in every state, resulting in opportunities for not only architects, engineers, and construction professionals but also the professions that service these projects, such as accounting and legal. Rising commodity prices also means that Australia’s mining and resources sector is enjoying a resurgence in investment and activity with Western Australia and Queensland employers seeking talent within engineering, project delivery, commercial management, project controls, and quality and safety.

As regulators tighten the screws after the Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry, employers’ demand for risk, remediation and compliance professionals will exceed supply, with the effect particularly felt in Sydney and Melbourne.

With digital transformation progressing across all industries in every state, IT professionals are in growing demand as new jobs are created for them. These include skilled professionals in software development, data science, cyber security, AI and IoT, UI/UX as well as change and project managers highly-skilled in driving complex and large-scale digital transformations.

With fears among employers that the government’s stance on immigration could stifle growth, they are actively looking to source talent who are considering returning home from overseas.

To find out more, please reach out to our International Candidate Manager, Dugald Locke, with your CV.


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Dugald Locke

International Career Manager