19 August 2008

Australian visa holder keeps his job in the UK

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A man from the UK has chosen to emigrate to Australia but keep his job working for a council in the UK. Mat Taylor and his wife Kim decided they wanted to move their family to Australia, but he has been able to keep his job as the finance director with a local authority in Cambridgeshire, reports Adelaide Now.

The father will move to Adelaide but will use the internet to work a minimum of one day a week, in what the publication believes is a world first. When Mr Taylor told his employers he was leaving they devised the plan to keep him with the council until a replacement is found.

Mr Taylor and his wife will relocate to the Australian city with their three children, aged 12, nine and two years old. Geoff Harper, the Council's Leader, told the publication: "We have found an exciting and innovative way of retaining his considerable expertise until we have recruited someone to replace him."

Adelaide airport was recently ranked third among the world's best in the Australia/Pacific region at this year's Skytrax World Airport Awards. The hub was beaten by Brisbane and Auckland.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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