Ian, Rachel, Harry 16 & Georgia 13
Arrived in Adelaide 14th June 2008
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Silly question but what does TRA stand for?
Which agent did you use?
Do they go to town on your application and want to know absolutely everything?
Have you visited oz?
Do you know of any if you want to call them hidden expenditure as in Council tax, Water rates, etc, etc (the sort of money paid out monthly that is compulsary)
Mark and Shelley..............
I did not use an agent but from what I here the good ones do go to town on your application, its better than failing.
The last question is best left to the people already there who will be on later, there are water and council taxes , from what I have seen of them they seem ok but that is converting from £, when you are earning $ it depends on how many you are earning !
Not sure about the building side of things but your wife will need to take her First Aid certificate course when she gets here, as they don't recognise the UK ones. She will also need to get her mandatory Child Protection course done.
She may struggle but contact Claire Hamilton at Switch Recruitment who may be able to advise her further on this one www.switchrecruitment.com.au. We are registered with them and they have just come up trumps finding my hubbie a perm job so we like them a lot at the moment.
The qualifications she may have in the UK aren't particularly recognised here, apparently. I heard that from another TA I know who was told that in order to get a job as one she would first need to complete the courses I mentioned (anyone who works in a school has to have one) and should then volunteer to help before applying for a job. It may be that another route into the school is working in Out of Hours school care. In other words, being at school early and after school running a club. It does usually operate during schools hols but I am not sure of the exact specifics so don't quote me.
Looking at the website there is a few looking for site managers and they say around $100k - $130k is that about the going rate in Adelaide?
don't want to ruin your day but site managers jobs earning that sort of money for people coming from the Uk are few and far between. I'd say a more realistic wage would be between $55,000 and $80,000.
My husband is a site manager, he works for Westfields (the shopping mall people) in their design and construct department. He's basically in charge of the 3 malls Westfield own in Adelaide. Since we moved here in 2005 he has moved jobs continually to get more money. his first job here for a commercial builder was $55,000 plus a car, fuel card & superannuation, then he moved to a domestic builder for $65,000 with fringe benefits, then another domestic builder as a self employed site supervisor, more money, no perks and finally Westfields where he is earning better money, no car or fuel card but a nice bonus at the end of the year, car allowance and superannuation.
Don't forget you will also have to go to nightschool and get a supervisors licence, my husband has spent 2 years going to night school to obtain all the licences he needs to work as a site supervisor here. The hours are long, you are expected to do far more work here and take more responsibility than in the UK. You are often expected to work all weekend for no overtime, its called a total renumeration package, which basically means you have to work all the hours god sends for no extra cash!!!! you'll also have to probably do a Health and Safety Officers course and a Senior First Aiders course all for no extra money. After all why would an employer pay 3 separate wages when he can pay just one person no extra wages for doing 3 jobs.
I'm not saying jobs earning those amounts are not atainable, wages for Site Managers are much better in other States especially Queensland. Just don't expect to rock up and land a job earnig that sort of money. Adelaide is definately about WHO you know not what you know. You'll probably have to put in some hard yards and a move jobs a couple of times before you get over $100K a year. Wages are often negitiable though and you can state what you want in your package at interview if you want to, my husband has been for interviews when he's actually been on more money than the manager interviewing him. One bloke even had the nerve to say Steve was being overpaid in the job he was in and then offering him $30k less than he is on now. Site managers are difficult to come by, especially with the right licences, Builders are prepared to pay more to get the right applicant.
I hope you get here and walk straight into a job earning that sort of money, just don't be surprised if you don't.
Last edited by salisbury massive; 28-11-2007 at 01:13 AM.
On top of the hill in Salisbury Heights
just to let you know my hubby's a painter and there is loads of work. he work for himself, but when we go around looking at different suburbs they are building everywhere. been here since August 22nd and love it
Denise and Graham