"Thanks for the replies. This is news to us - we've always been told that there are plenty of IT jobs and he'd have no problems. "
Out of interest, who has been telling you that there are plenty of IT jobs in Adelaide?
There always seems plenty of contract work with agencies coming up daily on seek.com.au, but I often wonder how many of these jobs are 'real' and how many are just an exercise to get people on their books.
When we first came over, my partner applied for quite a few jobs through agencies and never heard a thing, then they suddenly email him 6 months later, like they are his best friend wanting to offer him work. He had an email 1 year later from an agency offering him a job in Canberra!
Having said that I worked for a University in Adelaide and was told by someone we know who is working there on a contract that 50% of their IT staff were on contract through agencies. We were told they were moving away from giving IT people permanent jobs because once they started working there, they never moved on, probably because there isn't the jobs to move onto offering the salaries and terms and conditions that the Universities offer.