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Australia wants our tree surgeons and sheep shearers

Positions being offered by employers pay between €40,000 and €68,000.

Image: Sheep shearer via Shutterstock

AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYERS ARE looking to Ireland to bridge the gap in demand for its agri-workers, particularly looking to fill positions for tree surgeons and sheep shearers.

Employers offering positions that pay between €40,000 and €68,000 a year have been contacting Irish migration agents hoping to find the right candidates. Bakers and butchers are also strongly in demand in the country and manager with the agency Edwina Shanahan said that they are “really great opportunities for those people with the necessary skill set who want or are willing to work abroad”.

The employers are so keen to fill the positions that they are offering enticing packages to workers including subsidised food and accommodation.

VisaFirst said that workers can apply for the sheep shearer positions up to the age of 40 and “ideally those with experience who can hit the ground running”.

“While moving away for work is obviously not for everyone there are definitely people out there who would relish this opportunity and we would urge these people to make the move now – while the demand is there,” Shanahan said.

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