I've seen it mentioned many times on here about the significance that is placed on Oz experience - and to be honest i really don't get it!!
Especially being prepared to work for less money until you have this Oz experience. I mean, surely at the end of the day Australia has an economic need for people skilled in the various niche areas of their skills lists, we all go through a lengthy (and costly!!) process to secure a visa (which shows our commitment to making a go of life in Oz), plus then the significant cost of moving there ..... to then be expected to work for less than our skills/experience are worth?! My husband worked in Sydney for a few months several years ago ... would that count as Oz experience if we came to Adelaide?
Not many people emigrating to Oz are going to have Oz experience are they .... because they're moving there now.
But what about all the valuable experience/approaches we all bring from the country we have been working in prior to Oz - the local population in Oz isn't likely to have that are they. I just don't get this whole 'local' experience thing? Is it just a way to pay people less than they are worth and save employers money. For example, my husband (IT) worked in Germany for 6 months in 2014 and wasn't expected to work for less just because he hadn't happened to work in Germany before - in fact he got paid more as he was providing skills that particular company needed and didn't have in-house.
Especially in a field like IT - writing code at a certain level, wherever you are in the world, is essentially the same thing.
This general theme is causing me some concern as I anticipate that a property equivalent to where we live now (Newcastle, North East England) will cost more in Adelaide, and the cost of living will probably be a bit more expensive too. If we're going to be paid less, it makes me wonder, is it worth the move. We've also got a young family, so we're not at the retirement stage of life, but the stage that requires ever more money.
Or am i missing something folks? Interested to hear any comments, thanks!