House building is very slow so a lot of trades are moving about just now trying to find work, There is work out there its just hard to finding it is a case of who you know not what you know here. It may take a while or you could be lucky and land on your feet.I know of some people that are flat out and others that are struggling for work as I said its who you know..
So true. I was talking to a colleague and one of his kids decided to go over to WA recently to work in the mines (as we know a hard gig to get into) and his friend got him in, then he left and came back to SA and walked straight into a bricklaying job, surprise surprise a friend of his who subbies and is flat out with work. Classic example of 2 industries and as you say it's all about who you know and your contacts.