Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yunz are cactus now

So this really is a remarkable bit of labor reporting....

The Wall Street Journal has an in depth look at a Pittsburgher who moved to Austrialia in August in search of well paying employment.   See: American Fills a Jobs Shortage—in the Aussie Outback - An American's Coveted Gig: Three-Week Shifts at Mining Port in Remote Australia

The story is behind the paywall, but use the Google News back door and search for the article and you should get to read it.

It goes into the story of Charles Stella, a 31-year-old boilermaker from Pittsburgh, who moved to Australia because of the well-paid jobs there.   Note that it appears Mr. Stella was employed when he was here, but the prospect of much better paying employment is what prompted him to move literally around the world.  Migration is indeed just a form of arbitrage.

update:  a reader points out that Perth, where Mr. Stella landed, is about as close to Pittsburgh's antipode as you can get anywhere on the face of planet earth. Literally the place farthest from Pittsburgh as is possible.

So it is remarkable in lots of ways.  Here in Pittsburgh our knowledge of all things Australian rarely extends beyond that which Crockodile Dundee might have (mis)taught us.  Remember this old post here: Thought she was cactus.

If you really take the time to read the whole piece, take  note of the very last paragraph. 

There was a video produced by the WSJ to go along with the story which is available. Also his abbreviated diary is part of the story package.


Blogger Benjamin Robinson said...

That's impressive. Especially since Australia's immigration laws are known as being quite strict.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back when I spent a year in Australia--2007--the government there, along with New Zealand, was seeking all sorts of "skilled" labor, from doctors to hairdressers. My experience was that Australia's laws for work visas were much less strict than the EU. Maybe a permanent move there is more difficult, but I'd be surprised. I'll bet the folks at CMU's Adelaide campus know a little about it.

And somewhat off-topic, but Australia's electoral system is light years better than ours--an abbreviated campaign season of about 3 months, followed by voting on Saturday with participation mandated by law, leading to turnout above 90 percent. And somehow, they still manage to create a few jobs and maintain a robust media that doesn't line its pockets with political punditry and attack ads.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:14:00 AM  

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