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Adelaide is a great place to work and is an ideal location for families and those seeking a balance between lifestyle and career. Salaries are generally slightly lower than in other major Australian cities, but then so is the cost of living. The pace of worklife is another perk, with Adelaide having a more laid-back and less frenetic approach to work that isn't as easily found elsewhere in Australia.
Job market in Adelaide
Several large business sectors have a significant presence in the city, most notably Australia's defence industry. Other major industries in the city include healthcare, social assistance, retail, manufacturing and production sectors.
Unfortunately, the big established industries aren't enough to keep Adelaide at the forefront of Australia's economy and the city has a relatively high unemployment rate and lower wages as compared to other major cities. The South Australian government is eager to attract expats to jobs left open by locals leaving to larger cities in search of better pay and more job opportunities.
Finding a job in Adelaide
Expats who are interested in working in Adelaide can consult the classifieds for job opportunities, and utilise online options. Alternatively, going through an agency can help expats to secure a job.
In order to work in Adelaide, expats will need the appropriate visa to legally take up work. This can be a complicated undertaking, as evidence of a job offer is generally required before a work permit is granted to most expats.
Are you an expat living in Adelaide?
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