Employers Don't Want Aussies Who Have Worked Abroad

More than one million Australians live overseas but employers have warned if they want to come home they could struggle to find a job.

A new report has found Australian expats struggle to find work when they come home from exploring the world.

The report, commissioned by job website Indeed, surveyed 400 returned expats and found 85 percent of them found it difficult to find work in Australia.

Recruiters also admitted that they find it inconvenient to hire well-traveled Australians for local roles, a stance that employment experts say is a 'missed opportunity'.

Recruiters also admitted that they find it inconvenient to hire well-traveled Australians Image: Getty

It's estimated more than one million Australians live as expats around the globe at any one time, most of who will return home.

The report found it takes a well traveled Australian about two months longer than the average job seeker to secure a job back home -- and they often have to accept a demotion or pay cut to do so, regardless of their experience.

Why Is This The Case?

According to the report, one third of employers are reluctant to hire a returned expat because of perceived "cultural difficulties" that could potentially delay a new staff member in settling into a role.

Thirty percent of recruiters admitted to prioritising a candidate with  Australian-only experience and look highly on local knowledge.

This could be why as many as 67 percent of traveled Aussies have considered returning overseas to find work after being unsuccessful back home.

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Sydney woman Bronagh Marley said she got extremely lucky when looking for work after she returned home from a stint in China.

Three years ago, the 26-year-old booked a one-way ticket to Shanghai after studying International Relations and Mandarin at uni.

"Unfortunately I failed Mandarin twice, so thought the logical step was to move to China!" she told 10 daily.

She worked in China as a swim coach and for an Australian start-up for almost two years.

Bonagh Marley (middle) with friends in Shanghai. Image: Supplied

Eventually Marley came back to Sydney and after a few months of job searching landed a job with a tech company through a friend of a friend.

However she considers herself to be an 'anomaly'.

"I got incredibly lucky with my company, and my boss. But with conversations with other people who have returned -- we were expats for years and seeing my dad's transition back to Oz - I would agree with that (returned expats struggle to find work here). 

"I think local knowledge and leveraging your local network is more appreciated. 

"Hearing about other people's responses, I wasn't surprised by the findings... I'm an outlier." 

How To Make 'Well-Traveled' Employable

Yasmin Allen is chairperson of Advance, an organisation that helps connect Australians with jobs across the world.

She said it's vital for expats to keep their networks alive when they're offshore.

"As a country, we derive value and benefits from encouraging our expats to remain connected with Australia and to come home to share their experience and bring their intellectual property with them," she said.

"This in turn fuels innovation and benefits the entire nation economically."

Indeed's senior vice-president of marketing, Paul D'Arcy said recruiters were missing out by snubbing well-traveled Aussies.

"These skilled workers present a significant opportunity for recruiters and businesses," he said.

"We know diverse workforces are more successful than homogeneous ones, which is why employers and recruiters are missing out on an untapped pool of returning workers."