There are definitely shortages of mechanics. Most garages with a vacancy have given up advertising due to the cost. It's not unusual for them to just accept that they won't find anyone decent and struggle on. They love proactive people who get in touch with them directly to ask. The big dealerships don't struggle as much as the smaller places do. The ones close to the city don't struggle quite as much. By close, I mean within fifteen minutes drive. If you're proactive about calling round when you get here you will be fine. Don't bother with Seek for mechanics. Career one is better as it has the ads from the classifieds in the newspaper. They're not all there though because, like I said, they'll advertise once then just give up. They get a lot of apprentice applications, people who are out of the industry 5 years plus and from countries other than the uk. Certain countries qualifications are not as well respected and those people usually need to pick up casual work to get local experience first. You'll be fine, just don't wait on the jobs to come to you in your living room.