What are the biggest job sectors in Australia?

Boasting good wages and a high standard of living, Australia offers a wide range of employment opportunities for millions of expats. We’ve listed the country’s biggest job sectors to help you decide whether the UK’s most popular expat destination holds the key to your next career move.

Manufacturing

While not the mammoth industry it used to be, manufacturing is still Australia’s leading source of employment. The biggest Australian industries within manufacturing are:

  • Food, beverages and tobacco
  • Metal products
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Petroleum, coal and chemical products

The food and beverage manufacturing industry is the largest in Australia, with meat, beverage and malt manufacturing providing the most opportunities, followed by dairy, sugar and confectionery.

Mining

While mining is another industry in decline, Australia nonetheless remains the world’s leading exporter of coal, mined primarily in Queensland, News South Wales and Victoria. It is also one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium, copper, gold, iron, mineral sands and zinc. Australia’s mining industry employs over 187,000 people directly and nearly 600,000 in support industries.

Agriculture

Farmers and graziers own nearly 135,000 farms covering over 60% of Australia’s landmass. Farming contributes 93% of the domestic food supply, including meat, vegetables, fruit and grains. Including related sectors – manufacturing and processing, distribution and retail – agriculture provides employment for over 1.6 million people.

Finance

Australia’s four major banks – Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank and ANZ – are among the world’s largest and most profitable. The financial services sector employs 450,000 people, primarily in Sydney and Melbourne.

Tourism

It should come as no surprise that the country’s seven million annual visitors, and enormous domestic tourism market, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Australia. Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in particular provide a wide range of tourism-related job opportunities.


With partner offices in 39 Australian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Pickfords relocates thousands of expats to Australia every year. To find out how we can help you fulfil your expat dream, request a callback or contact us on 0800 019 8557.

Nail-biting first round for Pickfords Powerboat

An exciting weekend of racing for the overseas opener of this year’s P1 SuperStock Championship! Nine powerboats battled it out along the shores of Aalborg, Denmark in the first of four rounds in the 2017 season.

Helmed for the first time by experienced race siblings Glynn and Lee Norvall, the Pickfords powerboat had a hard fight to keep pace with the weekend’s highest scoring teams.

Scraping through the Saturday qualifier, Team Pickfords managed two 3rd-place finishes underneath glorious sunshine on day one.

The low-scoring qualifier left the Norvalls scrambling for a place in the Sunday Grand Final. Thankfully the brothers stormed ahead in the Plate, coming first and earning their spot in the concluding races.

Stiff competition left the boys in fifth place overall, sneaking into the top half of the table in front of Team Inverclyde on equal points.

The P1 fleet now head back to British shores ahead of Round 2 in Greenock over the 24 – 25 June weekend. Can team Pickfords notch up the points and secure a place in the top 3? Watch this space to find out.

Where did it all start? The story of Pickfords

Pickfords has launched a new, interactive section of the website.

The digital timeline chronicles the history of the brand, from its earliest days as a carrier in the 1600s to the present day.

The history section was a year in the making and followed research from the Pickfords archive of historical documents, from existing transport books and conversations with current and previous Pickfords colleagues, some of whom spent as long as fifty years with the company. The marketing team even tracked down the original designer of Pickfords Travel leaflets to feature in the 1980s section.  

Marketing Director Lyndsey Wallbank said

Previous accounts of Pickfords’ history focused heavily on transport methods. We wanted to create a timeline that also featured the moments in history which impacted the company and the people who have influenced the direction of the brand through the centuries.”

The digital history experience features a timeline with richly designed imagery together with easy to read snippets of information. The journey through time includes Pickfords’ invention of the Fly wagon in the 17th century, a brush with Jack the Ripper and the year Pickfords specialised in elephant removals for Billy Butlin.

The contribution Pickfords made to the two world wars, when resources were requisitioned for the war effort, and the denationalisation of the company by Margaret Thatcher in 1985, are also detailed.

Managing Director Russell Start said

“We are delighted with the project, and hope this new section of the website brings the Pickfords story to life for customers, employees and transport enthusiasts alike.”

How to turn people off your home

Selling up? In this volatile housing market, small changes can make a big difference to the saleability of your home. To maximise buyer interest in your property, here are a few things to avoid:

Clutter

Forget letting your home feel ‘lived in’. Tidy, open rooms help buyers mentally fill the space with their own belongings. Put away, get rid of, or put into store anything that could be seen as clutter or mess.

Family photos

Leave your home too personalised and buyers won’t be able to see themselves living there. Keep visible family photos and other personalised items to a minimum.

Keeping everything in its place

Your current home layout may be functional, but opening up the space will increase buyer interest. Achieve this by:

  • Pushing furniture back to the walls
  • Reducing the number of visible chairs and coffee tables
  • Swapping out your flat screen for a smaller model
  • Putting up some mirrors, especially in the hallway

Dodgy DIY

DIY done right may save a bundle on labour costs, but make a mess and you risk putting buyers off. If in doubt, hire a professional.

Out-pricing your street

There are lots of great ways to increase the value of your home. But far outpace the value of your neighbours’ properties and yours will be seen as too expensive for the area.


Ready to move? Contact Pickfords for a free removals estimate, or request a callback today.

How to add value to your home

Eyeing the next rung on the property ladder? Simply putting your home on the market is unlikely to generate the capital you need to move up. Here are some adjustments you can make to increase the value of your property:

Add an extra bedroom

The easiest way to achieve this is via loft conversion. If you have the space, add an en suite to help sell the benefits of the extra living area.

Build a conservatory

A well designed, properly integrated conservatory can add far more to the value of your property than the cost to build it.

Turn your garage into living space

Most garages end up as junk storage spaces; not an attractive asset to potential buyers. Transform the space into a home office, utility room, playroom, gym, or anything you fancy. Consider a local storage service for the items you don’t need regular access to.

Create extra parking spaces

Pave over the front garden. Buyers are more swayed by decent parking than an attractive lawn. Keep the flower beds or introduce some potted plants to offset the paving.

Clean up the outside

Clear the gutters, clean the windows and refresh the paintwork. Make the outside spick and span to help your property stand out from the neighbours’.

Knock down some walls

Buyers are more interested in the amount of usable space than the number of rooms.

Overhaul the kitchen

The kitchen has become the centrepiece of the home, and must look modern and functional. Create as much counter space as possible and invest in a modern fridge, freezer, sink and cooker.


Ready to move? Contact Pickfords for a free removals estimate, or request a callback today.

Meet the 2017 Pickfords powerboat crew!

In three weeks, Pickfords will once again compete in the P1 SuperStock Championship. The annual marine motorsport series features 11 powerboats competing in four European races. The boats race close to shore, tight and fast. The races are a great public spectacle and a demanding task for the drivers and navigators.
This year we welcome Glynn and Lee Norvall as Pickfords’ driver and navigator. The siblings are no strangers to the world of powerboats, competing in last year’s Championship in support of Help for Heroes. We spoke to the brothers to find out what drives them to face the top speeds and choppy waters typical of P1:

Hello to you both, and welcome to the team! Tell us something interesting about yourselves.

Lee: I enjoy Thai boxing and actively trained in Thailand up to a couple of years ago.
Glynn: My best friend is my Boxer dog Stanley, who is totally nuts!

Who’s the most competitive of both of you?
G: I’m the most competitive out of Lee and myself.
L: I am definitely the most competitive out of us both (I just like to let Glynn think he is…!)

How did you get into powerboat racing?
G: We are the second generation of powerboat racers in our family.  My dad Douglas Norvall raced offshore powerboats in the 1960s and 1970s, so we are following in his footsteps.
L: Yes we were highly influenced by our dad. We spent our weekends playing with boats and water and listening to his stories of racing hijinks from back in the day!

What is the highlight of your racing career so far?
L: Being placed in the top five teams in the UK in 2016, which lead to us being promoted to the World Championship in Mumbai earlier this year!
G: Coming third in the Mumbai Championship; it was the first ever P1 race in India!

What are you most looking forward to in the season ahead?
L: With a new team as PickfordsFX, a new boat and two new locations I am looking forward to spending a lot of time on the podium!
G: Racing against some good competition and hopefully a few podium finishes would be nice.


The 2017 P1 SuperStock Championship begins on Saturday 10 June in Aalborg, Denmark. Three more rounds will then take place across England, Scotland and Wales through to September. Watch this space for regular coverage of the upcoming races!

Pickfords announces new charity partnership with Cancer Research UK

Pickfords, the UK’s largest and best known removals and storage company, has announced a change in its CSR policy and the principal charity it supports. Pickfords will now be supporting Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, dedicated to its vision to beat cancer sooner.

The decision to support Cancer Research UK underpins a new objective; to create a healthier workplace for Pickfords employees.

The new partnership means Pickfords employees will have access to a range of health information to keep them better informed about cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Understanding changes in lifestyle choices and the adoption of healthy habits will help to reduce the risk of developing cancer and to know how to spot cancer early.

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Pickfords now collect customers’ unwanted items on move day to raise money for Cancer Research UK

 

Pickfords’ Managing Director, Russell Start said,

“We felt the time was right to work with a charity with new objectives. It is likely that all of us have been touched by cancer at some point in our lives, so I hope we will all benefit from improved awareness and will get behind our fundraising activities to support the search for a cure.”