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  1. Hi All, Just wanted to share the results of Transparency International Corruption Perception Index have been published for the year 2011. Australia on number 9 (not bad) & 6 out of top 10 countries are from Europe and only 1 from Asia & North America each. http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2011/results/#CountryResults I do not know the criteria that Transparency International uses to measure corruption and create the index but the current economic state of countries is also pretty much similar to the ranking in the Index. It seems to me the corruption Index is directly related to the economic condition of countries.
  2. The UK is the worst place to live in Europe, thanks to a combination of high living costs, a poor work-life balance and low government spending on healthcare and education, according to the latest uSwitch Quality of Life Index. This is the UK’s first year at the bottom of the Index, which calculates an overall quality of life score for ten European nations, based on 16 factors including net income, VAT and the cost of essential goods such as fuel, food and energy bills, as well as lifestyle issues like hours of sunshine, days holiday, working hours and life expectancy. The UK was joined at the bottom of the index by Sweden and Ireland, while France came first for the third year in a row, with Spain taking second place and the Netherlands third. Commenting on the findings, Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch, said: “Last year at least our neighbours in Ireland were worse off, now we can’t even console ourselves with that. "We are now officially at the bottom of the pile. We may still be enjoying the fourth highest household income in Europe, but the high cost of living means that we’re living to work." Despite having higher than average pay, the UK’s overall score in the Quality of Life Index was dragged down by: long working hours the lowest number of holiday days a year a high retirement age the most expensive food high energy prices higher than average petrol costs very few hours of sunshine. The UK’s comparatively low investment in health and education also had a significant impact on its score, and with the government looking to cut public spending, things could get worse before they get better. The UK spends just 11.2% of GDP on health, which is higher than last year, but well below the European average of 12%; only Poland and Sweden spend less. The UK now spends less on education than it did in 2010 too – falling below the average again at just 5.36% of GDP.
  3. CO has requested documents like bank statement and payslips. I have collected all the documents, but now the things it that there are just too many files with too many pages in them I was thinking about providing a index file. Which shows that pay of which month was paid by which employer is present in which page of which document :rolleyes:. Now what do you think ? Should I do it (because it is too much trouble and work) and not even asked by CO in first place .. ? But will definately help the CO or any one who want to look at all the info? Has any one provided any such index file?
  4. The December 2010 Quarter Clarius Skills Index to learn more about the latest labour demand and supply in Australia. following are top 10: 1. Metal Tradespersons 2. Chefs 3. Automotive Tradespersons 4. Hairdressers 5. Food Tradespersons 6. Wood Tradespersons 7. Construction Tradespersons 8. Computing Professionals 9. Building and Engineering Professionals 10. Auditors
  5. kernow43

    2010 Legatum Prosperity Index

    Australia done quite well in some, and UK done quite well also. Leads to interesting stats about 100 countries. The 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index I am sure it would help for people emigrating New Zealand also does very well. The 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index
  6. According to Clarius Skills Index September Quarter the 10 occupations and index readings that are currently experiencing skilled labour shortages are listed below: Building and Engineering Professionals (100.5) Computing Professionals (101.4) Building and Engineering Associate Professionals (100.8) Metal Tradespersons (108.0) Automotive Tradespersons (104.5) Construction Tradespersons (102.7) Food Tradesperson (102.7) Wood Tradesperson (103.6) Chefs (108.5) Hairdressing Tradespersons (102.7) The hospitality industry is already suffering from falls in international students and immigrants "Waiter, waiter...", but then again with recent news of public sector cuts in UK a new wave of "economic refugees" could be on their way.....
  7. I have posted several queries on here re moving pensions to Oz and am still gathering information. After searching several threads on here I came across a thread which talked about the possibility of a government final salary index-linked pension being frozen at the level it is when you move to Australia. Unfortunately, I can't find this thread again. Does anyone know anything about this? I do understand that the State Pension is frozen and there are no cost of living increases. However, I work for a local college of Further Education and have a small final salary, index-linked local government pension and am concerned that this might be frozen with no index-linking if left in the UK. I do intend to take proper advice, but just another consideration.
  8. Australia stands pretty high on Human Development Index :wink: http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/country_fact_sheets/cty_fs_AUS.html
  9. Clarius Skills Index June 2010 Quarter Tue, Jul, 27 2010 The June quarter Clarius Skills Index shows that already there is an emerging skills shortage across several occupations and the availability of skilled workers may become an issue for Australia in the near future. The top 10.... 1 Chefs 2 Metal Tradespersons 3 Construction Tradespersons 4 Automotive Tradespersons 5 Building and Engineering Associate Professionals 6 Computing Professionals 7 Building and Engineering Professionals 8 Food Tradespersons 9 Science Professionals 10 Health Professionals
  10. Clarius Skills Index. Australia’s move towards yet another national skills shortage has been confirmed in the latest Clarius Skills Index, with demand for skilled labour reporting a significant upswing. In the March quarter, 15 of the 20 skilled occupations measured in the Index reported an increase in demand with eight of those skilled categories showing demand exceeding the available labour. The eight categories are Building and Engineering and Computer Professionals, Building and Engineering and Chefs in the Associate Professionals category and Metal, Automotive, Wood and Hairdressers in the Tradespersons categories, which all scored above 100 in the Index. Interesting that the draft or proposed SOL Skilled occupation List for 457 temporary workers and skilled immigrants is apparently not going to include chefs and hairdressers? Much to do with perceptions that only "Indian students" at "dodgy colleges" study these migration or PR pathways?
  11. I found this very useful web site with IT salaries in Oz. It is broken down by state and years of experience. IT Job Salaries Hope this would help someone.
  12. Guest

    Defacto Spouse Evidence - Index

    I've had a couple of queries on what evidence I sent in for my defacto visa cos it was granted so fast, so as going to attach the index I stuck on the front of it all (with names removed ) to this post... ...but... Can't get it to work, and the file is too big to upload... any ideas? I had an idea: Google Docs! You can see it here: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dhdp5c9f_48zz36w6dd If anyone wants to know anything else I'm happy to say what we did! Cat xx
  13. Hey Guys As you might not know I am a Pom in Oz working for an Engineering Recruitment company call Ambit Engineering. I thought I would put a link to our salary index so that you guys can see how much money you will earn over here. Typically Government pays a little bit less so be flexible but it will give you an idea. The link is Ambit Engineering Recruitment Specialists >> Brisbane | Canberra | Melbourne | Perth | Sydney Feel free to drop me a line. Joanne
  14. I found this very useful document that provides a quarterly Sensis® Business Index is an ongoing series of surveys tracking the confidence and behaviour of Australia's small and medium enterprises (SMEs). http://www.about.sensis.com.au/media/pdf/SBA-Archive/sba/sbi/2008/November2008SensisBusinessIndex.pdf You will notice that it covers all states and most industries. Once you identified the performance of your market segment of interest, you can view an indepth research report here: http://www.ibisworld.com.au/ Now for the good news: These reports are expensive but can be viewed at now charge at your nearest WA Small Business Development Centre http://www.sbdc.com.au/drilldown/drilldown.asp?refid=5
  15. Britain 17th in world's quality of life index - Telegraph According to a study that compares the economies of 183 countries, Britain does not even make the top 40 in the list of hospital beds per 1,000 people. Norway tops the "human development" - or quality of life - index, followed by Iceland and Australia. Things are even worse for British children, who come 21st in the "child well-being" index, which is headed by Holland. However, the news is not all bleak. The country is world leader for attracting investment from foreign countries and the figure for carbon emissions per person is less than half that of America. advertisement Pocket World in Figures 2008, published by The Economist, takes an annual look at 200 economic markers as diverse as contraception use, children's well-being and murders and executions. There are some surprises. Despite British house prices rocketing 196 per cent between 1997 and 2006, the inflation rate lags behind South Africa (351 per cent) and Ireland (253 per cent). Looking at property price rises year on year, the UK is ninth in the table. London, however, still has the highest office rents of any city on the planet. British music lovers spend more per head on recordings and downloads than anyone else - about £18 per year, although this may be because they are more expensive than elsewhere. Britons are also the sixth most regular cinema-goers. The country also has more mobile phones than people - averaging 109.8 handsets for every 100 of the population. Despite 98.3 televisions for every 100 households, the UK is only joint 13th in a table where Belgium is top. It also has the third highest ownership of CD players and 12th highest for computers. With 78.7 vehicles for every kilometre of road, Britain has the 15th most crowded roads. Stephen Brough, the editor of the book, said: "The -surprising finds this year are that there are two countries where house prices have gone up by more than us over the past decade; and that we spend the most per head on music. "In other categories we are not as badly off as people think. Despite concerns over binge drinking, we are not, per head, among the world's biggest beer-drinking nations." Life expectancy in the UK is predicted to be 79.4 years per person up to 2010 but this is only the 22nd highest in the world, alongside Germany, Malta and Belgium. Andorra's 83.5 is highest. British women are second only to the Chinese in the use of modern methods of contraception. The country is absent from the top 40 index of hospital beds per 1,000 people - although Slovakia, Cuba and Belarus all make the list.