As the UK job market is becoming increasingly difficult for graduates with no previous work experience, there is no better time for 18 to 35-year olds to take advantage of a Work Australia or Work New Zealand gap year programme.
BUNAC, a not-for-profit work aboard organisation, arranges working visa for candidates wishing to experience up to a year working and travelling in Australia or up to 23 months in New Zealand.
With monthly departures, there is still time to book for June or July and leave enough time to settle in before the Rugby World Cup begins in September.
Sam Habbouche, managing director of BUNAC’s Australian partner, Work N Holiday, says Australia is enjoying a boom despite the recent recession which continues to dominate the USA and Europe.
Habbouche recommends applicants allow three weeks to find work, and with an average rate of pay for temporary staff standing at A$15 to A$21 per hour, equivalent to around £9.30 - £12.60, working travellers can afford a comfortable standard of living as well as funding their travels around Australia.
“The unemployment rate has fallen recently to 5%, which demonstrates that finding a job is not difficult. However, people need to be reliable and show initiative to secure a good job,” he said.