Working abroad will always have its allure. A foreign land, earning in pounds or dollars and enjoying life in a developed country are some of the reasons why South Africans may be considering leaving South Africa to work abroad. But be careful about the promises of overseas jobs. It is not always what its cracked up to be, especially since 2008. The reality is that the world is in a recession, not just the United States and a few European countries. High paying jobs are few and far between these days and all too often South Africans find themselves in a foreign land suffering to make a living. However, this is not to say that it does not have its distinct advantages and benefits.
Australia is another hot spot for job seekers in South Africa. While many South Africans are looking to settle down in Australia in the long run, relocating is not as simple as it was just 5 years ago. In the past, Australia used to actively recruit South Africans but these days, jobs are scarce and only skilled professionals with experience stand a good chance of securing employment in Australia.
New Zealand, like Australia, is still one of the sought after countries for job seekers and South Africans wanting to leave South Africa. A safer environment, laid back lifestyle and political stability are the main drawcards and South Africans are prepared to take a cut in salary in order to get a position in New Zealand. However, the economic slowdown has meant that New Zealand jobs are not as abundant and locals are given preference for job openings.
South Africa has a fairly high unemployment rate but if you are a foreigner looking to work in S.A. then you may not experience as much of a difficulty if you have a degree and a work permit. The skills shortage in South Africa has seen a growing expatriate population enjoying some of the high paying work opportunities in the country. However many foreigners illegally enter South Africa from neighbouring African countries like Zimbabwe only to realise that unskilled work opportunities are not that plentiful.
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