Australia is a top spot for British people locating abroad with research from removers Anglo Pacific International showing that 43% of its container shipments of household goods went down under in 2010.
With Western Australia in particular increasing recruitment the UK's largest independent international removals company expects this trend to continue.
At a recent Working in Expo held in London, Peter Collier, Western Australia's Minister for Training and Workforce Development, put forward a strong case for skilled Brits to migrate to the State.
Anglo Pacific's International migration manager, Noel Glavin, believes it will be a big draw for Brits moving overseas. 'Western Australia comprises one third of Australia's entire land mass, larger than the whole of Europe, yet has just 10% of the population, some two million. Resource rich, there are huge prospects for agriculture, manufacturing, construction, mining, the automotive industry and more but also a vast labor force shortage of 150,000 workers,' he said.
'Western Australia has 225 billion Australian dollars' worth of investment opportunities on the table, around £150 billion, yet if they don't correct this labor deficit, then these investment opportunities will simply be lost. Western Australia's recruitment drive is a serious matter,' he explained.
'The local labor supply is maxed out. If they want to work, they are working. Australians do not tend to migrate state to state, so Western Australia must find its skilled workforce elsewhere with Brits heavily favored. Migration is nothing new for Australia, 34% of its population was not born there,' he added.
He pointed our that statistics from Working In reveal that there are more than 1.2 million UK born people living in the country, making the UK the main source of new migrants to Australia. If interested Britons have an occupation on the Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation list, visas are currently taking between 9 and 12 months to process. Visa applications with State Sponsorship nomination are given higher priority, perhaps four to six months.
Collier concluded his London seminar by highlighting Western Australia's gorgeous beaches, sunny Mediterranean style climate, outdoor lifestyle and fantastic education and healthcare systems. 'I have one unambiguous transparent message, you are welcome,' he said.
Anglo Pacific is a specialist mover to the Southern Hemisphere and handles around 20,000 consignments of personal and household effects annually. A known market leader for Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and South Africa, Anglo Pacific has been established for more than 30 years and has an unrivalled reputation for friendly, professional and reliable container shipping and international relocation services.