We're finding it all the same too. We came over last february to validate our visas and there was loads of work then. 12 months down the line it's all changed. My OH's a carpenter and we've got 3 kids and he's currently not working - we're living off our house deposit which is very depressing just watching it slowly disappear. I think what frustrates us is that we feel we've been mislead. As someone said above why are they still issuing visas for these trades when there's no work. We had to jump through hoops to get our visa as I'm sure probably most other people did and for my OH to prove what he could do because his skill was 'in demand' only to get here and find out that's not the case. My OH's thinking of doing something else too - not sure what though as he's been a carpenter for 25 years and all he really knows. Hopefully this lull with pick up soon, for everyone's sake.