Starting a new life abroad can seem like a big step, but it could just be the best decision you ever make.

World First takes a look at the jobs and skills that are in demand in eight countries around the world, along with some handy info on visas and working conditions in each.

Find out what the skills gaps are in countries across Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East, and how they compare with those in Australia.


Working abroad

When countries have trouble filling roles in certain industries with home-grown candidates, they’ll usually look to bring in skilled people from overseas. To find out which jobs and skills are in demand, we looked at the official skill shortage lists posted by the governments of each country. If the country in question didn’t have a skill list, we compiled our own based on industry recruitment reports.

Often, people with the right skills will have an easier time getting a working visa for a given country and may even earn the right to settle there permanently. We’ve provided details on some of the common visas Australians may be able to apply for, though again this isn’t definitive as there are often a number of specialty visas for people in specific situations.

We’ve also included some helpful information on working conditions in each nation: for instance, did you know that Singapore has one of the lowest income tax rates in the world, or that women in Germany get extra maternity leave if they’re expecting twins, triplets, etc?

The video covers eight countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Germany, China-Hong Kong, Singapore and UAE. For each country, we’ve selected eight of the most common jobs in a variety of sectors that are currently experiencing a shortage. This isn’t a full list though – so don’t despair if your occupation isn’t listed. If working overseas piques your interest, we’ve put together a fact sheet for each country featured which includes lists of jobs in demand and enough information to give you an idea about what you need to know before you go.


Where will you go?

You might be surprised at the wide range of skills and occupations that need to be filled around the world. Whether your background is in healthcare or IT support, engineering or the trades, you’ll find your qualifications and experience are in demand somewhere – and they could help you start a whole new chapter of your life.


Hit play on our video above to discover more or download a fact sheet for more information on living and working abroad.


Download the Fact Sheet for Living and Working in Australia


Download the Fact Sheet for Living and Working in the United Kingdom


Download the Fact Sheet for Living and Working in the USA


Download the Fact Sheet for Living and Working in Canada


Download the Fact Sheet for Living and Working in Germany


Download the Fact Sheet for Living and Working in China-Hong Kong


Download the Fact Sheet for Living and Working in Singapore


Download the Fact Sheet for Living and Working in the UAE


If you’re thinking about moving abroad to work or have just arrived, speaking to a currency specialist can help you plan your finances for everything from setting up your new life to managing the transfer of funds once you settle in.

World First are international money transfer specialists that can help you with better exchange rates and seamless bank-to-bank transfers so you know the exchange rate you are getting and what you’ll receive at the other end. We’re also one of the few 5-star rated Australian providers awarded  ‘Outstanding Value in International Money Transfers’ by CANSTAR, Australasia’s leading consumer finance ratings company.

With a dedicated currency specialist that can assist you through the transfer process and competitive exchange rates, you can make the most of your moving fund for a more comfortable start in your new home and easily manage any transfer of funds once you settle in.

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