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Working Overseas

Working in another country seems exciting but there are a few important issues to look into to avoid exploitation and other problems.

This information sheet does not set out to discourage people from working overseas but rather to point out some of the traps and issues to consider. Being prepared by checking out the employer (if practicable) and knowing exactly what to expect is important to help make the overseas working experience as positive as possible. Travellers should consider the issues raised in this infosheet before accepting an overseas offer of work.

Issues to think about before accepting overseas work

It is essential to think about the reasons for going overseas. Is your priority the job or travel? Are you travelling to experience another culture or because of financial necessity? In addition, JobWatch recommends that you consider the following issues (more detail is provided about each issue in the full fact sheet):

  1. Political issues (eg: civil war or any other form of civil unrest)
  2. Cultural issues
  3. Cost of living
  4. Visas
  5. Employment conditions
  6. Other conditions
  7. Accommodation
  8. Agencies
  9. Job offers
  10. Contracts

We encourage everyone to download the fact sheet for more information.

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