A Job Search Guide for People Moving to Sydney

A Guide to: The Sydney Job Market and Recruitment Process

A Guide to: The Sydney Job Market and Recruitment Process

Posted on August 2022 By Madeline Rowston

The Sydney Job Market and it's Recruitment Process

​Want to move to sunny Sydney?

Now is a great time to move as there is a huge demand for marketing and agency talent.

Many organisations are open to sponsoring incoming talent and Australia's Working Holiday Visa will increase capacity by 30% from July 1 2022 - July 2023. You can find out more about visas here.

Sydney has great harbour beaches, cafe culture and central business district easily accessible with public transport.

Australian corporate culture is also unique. At the moment most organisations follow a hybrid work structure of 3 days in the office and 2 at home, however flexible work policies differ from company to company.

Job Trends in Australia

Key growth areas for marketing include Travel, B2B Tech, FinTech and Real Estate. All levels of PR talent and Account Services are also in demand at agencies.

We recruit for a number of client-side marketing roles across the NFP, Travel, Finance, Real Estate, Government and Arts sectors. There are many client-side opportunities in Sydney at the moment. Our Client-Side Salary Guide can help you understand job seniority and titles too.

There are a number of global and independent agencies in Sydney including Brand, PR, Experiential, Digital and Advertising agencies. At the moment there is a demand for Account Managers, Senior Account Managers and Account Directors.

How to Approach Recruiters

Specialised Marketing and Advertising recruitment agencies will have a range of specialist consultants. it's best to reach out via email, LinkedIn or by submitting your CV to their website.

Be clear about what you're looking for and when you're moving to Oz. This will help recruiters find the best role for you and your experience.

At Stopgap, we #DaretoBeDifferent. Since day one our recruiters have been challenging the industry's reputation for bad practice. We want to get to know you and help you in the next step of your career.

Our client-side consultant Hilary Williams moved to Australia 8 years ago with the intention of staying for a year then moving back to the UK. She loved Sydney so much she’s still working at Stopgap after joining in 2016.

Hilary’s advice is to “reach out to different recruiters in different cities” like Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane to chat with recruiters if you’re not sure about moving. There is lots of value in researching and talking to your network before making a decision.

Should I Get a Job Before I Move?

If you’ve already got working rights then move as soon as you can. It’s easier to find a role when you’re on the ground and have the option to meet in person.

We recommend moving without a job if you can. Be organised and get your visa sorted so you’re ready to go. Having a visa and moving dates shows recruiters you’re serious about moving.

If you are definitely moving to Australia for a working holiday, move as soon as you can. Being in Australia makes the job hunting process much easier. Remember that recruiters want “warm leads” so it’s important to be here since talent is very sought after.

“It’s a lucrative job market at the moment so you need to be readily available in the fast paced world of recruitment” says Hilary.

Like many of our past candidates, you may find a contract role when you arrive followed by a permanent opportunity. Contract roles are a great way to navigate the marketing and advertising landscape, get work experience in an Australian business and have a reference that can vouch for you.

There are many individual considerations to take into consideration when moving countries but all the risk can pay off and give you a wealth of work and life experience.

Thinking about moving? Or already have your visa? Chat with Hilary today or submit your CV to

Also take a look at our Guide to The Sydney Job Market and Recruitment Process.