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Although Perth was once the driver behind much of Australia's wealth, economic expansion in the city has slowed down a great deal in the last few years. This is mostly due to the aftermath of Australia's mining boom which, at its peak, was a major industry that brought mining workers to Perth in droves. Since the boom's collapse, unemployment rates in Perth have risen higher than many other urban centres in Australia.
Job market in Perth
In response to its economic downturn, Perth expanded other sectors, such as the healthcare, tourism and construction industries. Expats looking for work in the city would do well to look for jobs in these sectors.
Positions in areas such as finance, media, marketing and IT are somewhat scarce in Perth, and more easily found in Sydney.
Finding a job in Perth
There are a number of resources that expats can utilise in order to find a job in Perth. These include the local classifieds, online searches or contacting a recruitment agency.
It can also be helpful to contact companies in the area directly. Making a personal connection can go a long way should a position open up.
Work culture in Perth
The workplace style in Perth is similar to that of the Australian culture in general – namely, relaxed and egalitarian. Staff relations are generally informal and direct. Office drinks after work are common and are a good way to get to know colleagues. Generally, Australian companies have a relatively flat structure and expats may notice bosses happily joining the rest of the office on such occasions. Expats should make an effort to join in, too.