Thanks, you have all been very helpful. Yes, Jessica we are aware that Nov/Dec/Jan is not an ideal time to be seeking employment. The difficulty is, as I've been offered agency work, they have said they would like me to arrive by October time & we feel that it worth the risk so I can hopefully get a foot in the door so to speak. Our friend is also a tradesman so hopefully he may know a few people that could help the OH out. Thanks for tips Snifter, that sounds like great advice.