In this post, read about the different factors to consider when moving to Perth for work.
Australia is a huge country with a population of just over 24 million people. Our eastern and central states have a combined population of approximately just over 22 million. So that leaves just 2 million people that call Western Australia home. So, if you are looking for a job why not consider moving to Perth? There is plenty of work in Perth, it is a stable and rich city with plenty of things going for it in terms of job opportunities and lifestyle. Read more below.
Are you looking for a job? Why not consider moving to Perth? There is plenty of work in Perth because it is a very stable and rich city with plenty of things going for it in terms of job opportunities and lifestyle.
The City of Perth in Western Australia has a population of just over 1.5 million and is truly an incredible place to live. Work in Perth is plentiful due to the fact that there is a strong mining industry that has insulated Perth from the economic downturns of recent. Perth has not experienced any serious job losses or cut backs – in fact the unemployment rate is only 4.3% which is one full percentage point below the national average.
Those who reside in Western Australia also happen to be among the best paid in the country. Those who work in mines fly in and out for weeks at a time earn an average of $160,000 per year.
Living Around Perth
Whether you like to go to the beach (the local beachgoers are called beachgropers!) love the nightlife, shopping or leisure activities for the kids, there is plenty of things to do and see.
If you decide that you want to work in Perth you will be looking for a place to live. It is a good idea to rent for a short time until you become acclimatised to the area so that you are not locked into your home. There are four main areas: “North of the River”, “South of the River”, “The Western Suburbs” and “East Perth”. One of the best areas to live is in the Western Suburbs including Cottesloe, Dalkeith/Nedlands, Mosman Park, Crawley and Peppermint Grove and the properties are also quite expensive in that area. Perth still has one of the cheapest housing markets in Australia.
South of the River is another good area for those with families who wish to find affordable housing in a quiet area. Many of the properties in the area have a short commute into the city. Residents are starting to move to outlying areas in the west like Fremantle because they want a little bit of land with their home.
During the summer the average temperature is 36 which means that most people are going to hit the beach or swimming pool. There is not a major humidity problem, but when there is a little bit of humidity it is not intolerable. In the winter there is a lot of rainfall, but the weather is quite mild if you do not mind the rain.
There are a variety of private and public schools in Perth. For private schools, there is the Hale School, one of the oldest and best boys schools founded in 1858. Aquinas College is another good boy’s school. For the girls there is Methodist Ladies College in Claremont.
Beaches and Surfing
One of the most popular beaches in all of Western Australia is Cottesloe, located in Perth. It has a clean, crisp coastline and terraced lawns where some of the most buff bodies in Perth gather. There is also an amazing playground nearby for the kids.
City Beach and Floreat Beach are both great opportunities for beach fishing or body boarding. If you are looking for some calm water, Mettams Pool offers a perfect place for novice swimmers and children and is located between Sorrento Beach and Trigg. It has deep blue water that is clear and makes a great place to snorkel or paddle.
Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth provides an incredible escape. The basin is ideal for all ages of swimmers and snorkelers with a turquoise lagoon that is loaded with some of the most amazing colourful fish in the world.
Gnarly waves can be found at Trigg where the sand banks are constantly shifting over rocky ledges, creating incredibly powerful surf. South of Perth is Rockingham Beach where there are plenty of shady parks with BBQs that are sheltered from the ocean winds. If you like to dive, there is a wreck dive just 18 metres below the surface easily reached from the shore. Shoalwater and Safety Bay also offer kite surfing and there are plenty of reefs to explore via snorkel at Point Peron.
Scarborough Beach is a favourite hangout for both teens and young adults. It is a historic town on the ocean with the historic Scarborough Snake Pit which was made famous in the 1950 with its incredible surf breaks. As soon as the sun goes down, the shore in Scarborough comes to life with some incredible clubs and pubs.
The Culture of Perth
If you decide you want to work in Perth, you should know that it is said to be eighth on the list of the world’s most liveable cities. There is a vibrant arts scene in Perth with several concert halls, theatres and open-air venues. One theatre is extremely opulent and is called “His Majesty’s”.
There are over a dozen pubs and late night clubs (closing at 6 a.m.). The drinks can be quite expensive, so you might want to have a few before you get inside. There is a giant casino in Perth called Burswood that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Inside, one can play poker, roulette, blackjack and baccarat. There are 1,500 coin operated gaming machines.
Perth has many city precincts that are lively and provide great shopping opportunities, along with many excellent places to eat and party. The business district in Perth’s city centre is always active and one can browse a lot of boutique shops down Leederville’s Oxford Street. Live music is always happening at Mount Lawley and Northbridge offers many hip bars with exciting eateries.
Perth residents seem to be crazy and obsessed about cricket and it seems that there are never-ending cricket matches all summer long. October shifts the focus to soccer (local team is Perth Glory) and Australian Rules football.
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