Working in Sydney

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Why Sydney? There is no other place in the world where you can combine an exciting career in a thriving business destination and enjoy the kind of lifestyle that most people only dream about.

In Sydney, you can take your career forward in a unique and globally competitive business environment that’s perfectly positioned for growth in the Asian Century.

It is a place where companies really do invest in their employees to create positive and well-balanced working environments.

It is a safe and healthy place for you and your family to live, work and play. Sydney is Australia’s global city and the gateway to the Asia Pacific.

Sydney is also well known as one of the world’s most liveable cities

Home to the regional headquarters of more than 600 blue-chip multinationals, Sydney beats with the pulse of the global economy, offering outstanding career opportunities for the best candidates.

Sydney is also well known as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with plenty of open space, gorgeous beaches, waterways and bushland, and a rich calendar of entertainment, cultural activities and sporting events.

It’s a truly international city, home to people who share your aspirations – for a better career and a better life.

To help you settle into life and work in Sydney, this guide details all you need to know about the essentials: visas, where to live, the cost of living, healthcare, entertainment and leisure, progressing your career and much, much more.

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While no city can possibly have it all, Sydney comes close.

Sydney’s famous beaches, glittering harbour, vibrant culture and great climate are all well known around the world, but Sydney’s enviable lifestyle is only half the story.

Sydney is also a place where you can progress your career.

Ranked first in the Asia Pacific in terms of intellectual capital and innovation, Sydney is Australia’s finance and business hub.

Sydney is at the heart of Australia’s economy, leading the nation in a range
of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, the digital economy, research and education, the visitor economy, and creative industries.

Ranked first in the Asia Pacific in terms of intellectual capital and innovation, Sydney is Australia’s finance and business hub. The city contributes over a fifth of Australia’s economic value and its economic output is greater than Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

This robust economic performance is driven by a highly-educated and multicultural workforce.

As the capital of New South Wales (NSW), Sydney is home to the NSW Government which has AAA credit ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, a testament to the State’s sound record of financial performance, strong economic base and capacity to withstand changing economic circumstances.

Wherever you come from and whatever you are looking for, you’ll feel right at home in Sydney. Sydney’s cultural diversity lends itself to an open and tolerant society – over a third of Sydney’s population was born overseas In fact, at any moment in Sydney, more than 200 languages are being spoken, and a large proportion of the population speaks a language other than English at home.

It is a thriving global economic and cultural hub that is a magnet for talented people, innovative businesses and millions of visitors each year.

The potential to grow your career

As one of the major economic hubs in the Asia-Pacific and Australia’s global city, Sydney provides opportunities regardless of what stage of your working life you’re in.

Sydney offers a unique opportunity: the ability to engage with Asian, American and European markets simultaneously.

Sixty per cent of all Asia-Pacific regional headquarters are located in Sydney. The city is home to local, national and global companies that undertake varied and challenging work in an economy that’s enjoyed 22 years of continuous growth.

While Sydney’s market may be smaller than those of New York and London, it maintains the ability to offer clients a broad range of sophisticated products and services.

skilled talent has the opportunity to make quicker transitions up the management ladder in Sydney.

A slightly smaller market has its advantages – skilled talent has the opportunity to make quicker transitions up the management ladder in Sydney. This gives you easier access to the networks, industries and skills needed to help propel your career forward.

Sydney’s famous beaches, glittering harbour, vibrant culture and great climate are all well known around the world, but Sydney’s enviable lifestyle is only half the story.

Sydney is also a place where you can progress your career.

Sydney is at the heart of Australia’s economy, leading the nation in a range
of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, the digital economy, research and education, the visitor economy, and creative industries.

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While no city can possibly have it all, Sydney comes close.

Sydney’s famous beaches, glittering harbour, vibrant culture and great climate are all well known around the world, but Sydney’s enviable lifestyle is only half the story.

Sydney is also a place where you can progress your career.

Ranked first in the Asia Pacific in terms of intellectual capital and innovation, Sydney is Australia’s finance and business hub.

Sydney is at the heart of Australia’s economy, leading the nation in a range
of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, the digital economy, research and education, the visitor economy, and creative industries.

Ranked first in the Asia Pacific in terms of intellectual capital and innovation, Sydney is Australia’s finance and business hub. The city contributes over a fifth of Australia’s economic value and its economic output is greater than Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

This robust economic performance is driven by a highly-educated and multicultural workforce.

As the capital of New South Wales (NSW), Sydney is home to the NSW Government which has AAA credit ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, a testament to the State’s sound record of financial performance, strong economic base and capacity to withstand changing economic circumstances.

Wherever you come from and whatever you are looking for, you’ll feel right at home in Sydney. Sydney’s cultural diversity lends itself to an open and tolerant society – over a third of Sydney’s population was born overseas In fact, at any moment in Sydney, more than 200 languages are being spoken, and a large proportion of the population speaks a language other than English at home.

It is a thriving global economic and cultural hub that is a magnet for talented people, innovative businesses and millions of visitors each year.

The potential to grow your career

As one of the major economic hubs in the Asia-Pacific and Australia’s global city, Sydney provides opportunities regardless of what stage of your working life you’re in.

Sydney offers a unique opportunity: the ability to engage with Asian, American and European markets simultaneously.

Sixty per cent of all Asia-Pacific regional headquarters are located in Sydney. The city is home to local, national and global companies that undertake varied and challenging work in an economy that’s enjoyed 22 years of continuous growth.

While Sydney’s market may be smaller than those of New York and London, it maintains the ability to offer clients a broad range of sophisticated products and services.

skilled talent has the opportunity to make quicker transitions up the management ladder in Sydney.

A slightly smaller market has its advantages – skilled talent has the opportunity to make quicker transitions up the management ladder in Sydney. This gives you easier access to the networks, industries and skills needed to help propel your career forward.

Sydney’s famous beaches, glittering harbour, vibrant culture and great climate are all well known around the world, but Sydney’s enviable lifestyle is only half the story.

Sydney is also a place where you can progress your career.

Sydney is at the heart of Australia’s economy, leading the nation in a range
of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, the digital economy, research and education, the visitor economy, and creative industries.

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Opportunities in Sydney - in 60 seconds

Where you might work

The nature of your profession has the potential to influence where you might work, as over time, certain industries have clustered together across Sydney. This could impact where you decide to live. The map on the following page shows the locations of the main concentrations of jobs and businesses in Sydney. Business activity occurs throughout Sydney’s metropolitan area. One of the most important areas for jobs is the Central Business District (CBD) just south of the Harbour Bridge. Strong employment clusters are also found around major business centres such as North Sydney, Parramatta and Macquarie Park, or in designated business and industrial parks such as Norwest. Sydney’s financial, legal and consulting industries are clustered to the northern end of the CBD. The CBD also has a strong visitor (tourism and events) and retail focus.

To the south of the CBD lies a major concentration of education and research institutions, as well as creative and digital economy industries in the area stretching from Pyrmont to Moore Park. To the CBD’s north, professional, scientific and technical services and ICT businesses are located in a broad arc that extends from the CBD and North Sydney to Chatswood, Macquarie Park and Norwest Business Park. Macquarie Park and its surrounding areas also host Sydney’s advanced pharmaceutical and biomedical device industries. Other significant health and medical centres are clustered around Camperdown, Darlinghurst, Westmead and St Leonards, with connections to major hospitals. West of the CBD sits Parramatta, at the heart of Western Sydney. Western Sydney’s strengths in the manufacturing, wholesale trade, and transport and logistics sectors are supported by Parramatta’s many industries and NSW Government departments.

Finding work

Once you have determined which industries are based in Sydney and the kinds of skills employers are looking for, your next step is to find out who’s hiring. There’s a good chance you will approach this in the same way you would in your home country. Australian job search websites such as mycareer.com.au, careerone. com.au and seek.com.au give an idea of what jobs are available in each field, salaries, and the criteria that need to be met. Sydney’s general and specialist recruitment firms are also available online – simply enter the term ‘employment in Sydney’ into your search engine. Salaries vary by industry, location, skills and experience.

 

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How much you can earn

In a UBS comparison of city prices and salaries in 2012, Sydney was found to have the fifth highest net wages in the world – nearly on par with New York, and well ahead of London and most other Asia-Pacific cities. The median income for a household with two incomes and children is AUD$2,537 per week

How far your dollar might go

Sydney is an outstanding global city, with an exceptionally high quality of life, as evidenced by high rankings across a number of global city indexes. Due to a strong Australian dollar, Sydney entered the list of top 10 most expensive cities in the world for the first time in 2013. However, with Sydney enjoying some of the highest wages in the world you’ll find as a resident that goods and services are relatively more affordable.

Sydneysiders have the second highest domestic purchasing power of all cities considered in the survey.

A UBS report into the varying costs of standard commodities and earning potential found Sydney to be more affordable than Tokyo, New York and London. Sydneysiders have the second highest domestic purchasing power of all cities considered in the survey. The table on the following page estimates how long a person typically has to work to earn enough to pay for certain common products based on local salaries. For example, in Sydney UBS estimates it will take 12 minutes to earn enough to afford a Big Mac, compared to 10 minutes in Hong Kong and 16 minutes in London.

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For an idea of cost of everyday living in your country’s currency visit www.ozforex.com.au and supermarket websites such as www.woolworths.com.au or www.coles.com.au

 

Where to live

One of the most important decisions to make when moving is deciding where to live in Sydney. You might choose to live in an apartment block in a bustling neighbourhood, an art-deco building just minutes to the beach, or a larger house that backs onto bushland and walking tracks. Factors to consider when making this decision include your budget, the size of home you need, how long you’re prepared to commute to work, and the kind of life you want to enjoy outside of work. With over 500 suburbs that each have their own personality, quirks, attractions and benefits, Sydney offers a variety of lifestyle opportunities and living experiences. As a dynamic global city with many residents born overseas, Sydney is filled with pockets of culture where new arrivals share and celebrate their heritage. Most people moving to Sydney from overseas are British, Chinese, Indian or New Zealanders, though Sydney is home to new arrivals from all over the world. Sydney’s multicultural community provides an instant support and social network for anyone new to the city – no matter where you come from.

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