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Canada Needs You: What Jobs Are In Demand in Canada?

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Canada is certainly a dream location for many people looking for a new life abroad. With over 670,000 British residents already there, the long-standing relationship between the two Commonwealth countries cannot be denied.

That said, as with most countries outside of the EU, Brits will need to meet certain visa criteria before they are allowed to apply for permanent residency. There may be benefits to the Commonwealth connection but in most cases those wishing to emigrate will need to fulfill a points based visa system. Points are attributed to, amongst other things, education, age and adaptability. There are also a number of work visas available which will make permanent residency easier and quicker process.

The good news is that Canada now has an Express Entry System for those wishing to apply for a skilled profession vacancy.

All applicants will have their experience based upon an NOC ranking. That is National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to classify jobs (occupations). Jobs are grouped together based on the type of job and work the applicant does.

For immigration purposes, the main job groups are listed by the Canadian government as follows:

Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs, such as: restaurant managers, mine managers, shore captains (fishing)

Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as: doctors, dentists, architects

Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as: chefs, plumbers, electricians

Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as: industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers, food and  beverage servers

Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as: fruit pickers , cleaning staff, oil field workers

Using the NOC ranking allows for some applicants to apply for certain skilled trades through the Express Entry system. Permanent residency will be based upon the applicants ability to do a list of named skilled trades.

Those eligible to emigrate under the Federal Skilled Trades Program need to have proven experience in the following industries, under the major and minor NOC groups. :

– Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades,

– Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades,

– Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production,

-Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators,

-Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks,

– Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers.

You can also apply under the Canadian Experience Class. In order to do this you will need a minimum of 12 months skilled work experience in Canada, along with a number of other requirements. You can apply through CEC if you have experience in the following sectors:

– Managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0)

– Professional jobs (NOC skill type A)

– Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)

Being a French speaker will also be useful in Canada. The French-speaking province of Quebec has their own special agreement with the Canadian government and if you are looking to emigrate there you will need to go through a separate process.

The most lucrative careers in Canada right now revolve around the tech sector. Fluency with software, data and analysis is in big demand and this is where the biggest salary growth is now occurring. A recent report highlighted that Canada needs 182,000 people to fill a number of IT positions by 2019.

Jobs listed included: Information systems analysts and consultants, computer and network operators and web technicians, computer programmers and interactive media developers, software engineers, graphic designers and illustrators. Computer engineers, user support technicians and web designers and developers were also listed. These jobs are certainly one way to make more money than you might make back at home. According to job searching website the most popular jobs in 2017 are as follows:

Full Stack Developer, average salary $80, 268 (£47, 423)

DevOps Engineer, average salary $97,379 (£57, 532)

Back End Developer, average salary $77, 853 (£46,000)

Real Estate Agent, average salary $108, 741(£64, 257)

Android Developer, average salary $86, 749 (£51, 262)

Analytics Manager, average salary $94, 360 (£55, 759)

User Experience, average salary $80, 815 (£47, 761)

IT Security Specialist, average salary $80, 969 (£47, 852)

Optometrist, average salary $105, 790 (£65, 522)

Python Developer, average salary $85,675 (£50, 629)

If you’d like some ideas of companies to work for in Canada, why not focus on the country’s best employers. Here’s a list of the top companies in 2017.

If you’d like to discuss moving from the UK to Canada, with PSS International Removals, here’s a brief summary of our Canada specific offering. If you are considering moving abroad, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote.

An Introduction To Doha, Qatar

Doha skyline by Francisco Anzola

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Around 20,000 Brits live in Qatar, and approximately 130,000 visit annually. Qatar is situated in The Middle East, bordered only by Saudi Arabia. A great proportion of its expats and visitors will be heading to the capital Doha, which is the political and business centre of the region.

After a fire destroyed the traditional Souq Waqif in 2003, the Quatari government have pumped huge amounts of money into returning it to its former splendour. Despite being given a face lift visitors to the souq can still hunt for traditional clothes, spices and routines. Rather surprisingly you can witness falconry around the souq and a traditional stables with Arabian horses is close by. You’ll also be able to witness camels being fed at the end of Al Jasra Street. Not something you’d usually see in a marketplace.

The Museum of Islamic Art is anything but traditional in appearance, floating as it does on a purpose-built island with a Lego-like square and cube appearance. Built by the same architects who designed the Louvre’s Pyramid, this is a very special gallery, housing the largest collection of Islamic art in the world. Built over three floors there are two permanent exhibitions and a special exhibitions gallery, revealing work and artefacts from early Islamic art to that from Syria, Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Central Asia.

If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors you can do this in Doha as it neatly hugs the Persian Gulf. Between May-September temperatures are 38’C so a sea breeze might be just what you need. Doha Bay is followed by a waterfront promenade that offers the opportunity to walk from the Museum to West Bay. Some say this is the best walk in Doha because the streets can be particularly crowded and not in the least pedestrian friendly.

Any self-respecting visitor or Doha will want to sample the cuisine. There are a number of traditional meals on offer such as Machboos, which is a spiced rice dish with marinated fish, seafood or meat. Thareed is a pot stew full of vegetables and meat. Soaked bread is placed at the bottom and covered with tomato sauce and spices. Those with a sweet tooth must opt for a Balaleet, which contains fried vermicelli noodles, sugar, cinnamon, saffron and cardamom. The meal is completed with an omelette on top.

Qatar itself is a muslim-majority country, with Islam as the state religion. Alcohol is available in many hotels and in some restaurants, bars and members-only establishments. Whilst there is no strict dress code for visitors to the country, they are expected to wear modest clothes suggesting no shorts, vest or over the knee skirts.

It’s also worth noting that as of June 2017 Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. This has led to closures affecting road, air and sea routes between these countries and Qatar, as well as travel and residence restrictions affecting Qatari nationals. Restrictions on entry to the UAE have also been placed on certain holders of Qatari Residence Permits. These restrictions don’t apply to British nationals.

If you are considering moving to Qatar, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress-free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.


Undiscovered Regions of France For Expats

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Undiscovered Regions of France For Expats. With some 150,000 Brits living in France it’s clear that the country is a big hit with those in the UK looking for a new place to live.

Popular with those who are retiring, as well as couples and families looking for a better quality of life, France can offer expats everything with the added bonus of not being too far away from home. British expats are usually attracted to certain areas and regions of France.

The name “Dordogneshire” is often bandied around to explain where Brits live in the South West of France although this is only part of the picture. Many also reside in the Ile De France region (which includes Paris), Brittany and Provence.

However, if you’re looking for somewhere a little different, away from the madding crowds of Brits, we’ve selected three regions where you might find the perfect taste of France.


Gr8ful Ted, Somewhere Along the Canal du Nivernais

The perfect spot if you like a tipple of the top wine, delicious cuisine and beautiful views, Burgundy is renowned for its historical hilltop villages and medieval locations. Situated in the east central region of France it is one of the most prestigious wine producing areas in the world. With a capital called Dijon it was also once the ‘mustard capital of the world’. Weather wise you’ll get lovely warm summers although temperatures will dip in the winter, and you can expect rain. With great transport links back to the UK the average house price is 120,000 Euros which will buy you a three bedroom house. Four bedrooms go from 137,000 Euros; five 156,00 Euros.


Claude, Place Royale, Reims, Marne, Champagne-Ardennes, France

North East France produces some of the best sparkling wine in the world aka Champagne. Close to the Belgian border the area is not a huge hit with Brits as it’s not exactly the sunshine state, with just 1,500 hours of sun a year. This is in sharp contrast to those living in western regions where they might see 2,400 hours a year. That said, it’s very popular with Germans, Belgians and Swiss expats so it clearly has plenty to offer. The average house prices are expensive, around 214,000 Euros although you could be lucky enough to snap a property up for the minimum price of 60,000 Euros.


Pascal. Lechaudel,Les Maïs

You will find some British expats living in Lorraine region although only around 850, so you’re unlikely to bump into fellow citizens unless you really want to. Neighbouring the regions of Alsace and Burgundy, Lorraine is steeped in history and even able to stake claim to being the birthplace of Joan of Arc. It is the only area to border three countries – Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, so plenty of places to visit on the weekend. The Vosages mountains also offer the perfect spot for some winter ski-ing or summer hiking. There’s also a chance to bag a property bargain here with projects going for as little as 17,000 Euros. If you are considering moving to France,

PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

A Moving Checklist – Australia

Steven Penton, Beauty Point, Tasmania.


There’s so much to think about when you move abroad. Moving your family, pets, bank accounts, jobs, schools….. the list can go on and on. One thing you can outsource is the actual process of moving as this can be handled by a company such as PSS International Removals, which has over 35 years experience in relocating homes to the other side of the world. We know exactly what essentials you need to remember before you head off Down Under.

Be organised. Don’t leave everything to the last minute. Draw up a list of the most urgent of your concerns. Some things can wait until you are in Australia, whilst others need to be taken care of immediately.

Prioritise! Decide if you are going to ship everything, because once the goods are packed and on the lorry they’ll need to stay there. If you want to hang onto particular toys (for the kids) or technology (for the teens) make sure you keep them to one side. Important documents, such as proof of medication use, will need to be kept with you.

Check your passport is in date and make sure the relevant visas are in place. You will not be allowed to enter Australia without the correct documentation. See here for more information about visas.

Make plans to arrange bank accounts for your arrival. You have up to six weeks to arrange a bank account in Australia using just your passport – after that time period you’ll need further identification. See here for more advice.

Shipping your car is easy with PSS International Removals who can help with this process. You’ll also be able to drive in Australia for up to three months with your UK license, after which time you’ll need to get a local one. More information can be found here.

There are very strict guidelines about what you can and cannot take into Australia. Again PSS can help you with this, providing a list of goods that will not pass through customs. This link details all relevant information.

You’ll also need relevant documentation for your household goods to get the all clear at the customs office. Again PSS International Removals can let you know what you can pack into those crates and what you’ll need to leave behind.

Confirm how long the shipment will take. When shipping your personal belongings to Australia the transit time between removal in the UK and arrival at your destination will be approximately 6-8 weeks for full container shipments and 8-12 weeks for part load shipments.

Confirm your new address. You will need to let PSS International Removals know where the removal is to be delivered to once it arrives in Australia. It really couldn’t be any easier. Please visit our website for more information PSS International Removals.

Moving To New Zealand – are you ready?

Bruce Tuten, night, Auckland water at sunset

Moving to the other side of the world can be a daunting challenge, where do you start? How long will it take to get organized? Who are the best people to help?

At PSS International Removals we have over 35 years of experience in international removals and can help you with a variety of issues that you will have to face, as well as delivering your belongings to New Zealand ready to start your new life.

Take a look at our advice below and please get in touch should you have any further queries.

New Zealand checklist:

Get a plan in place. Think through the process in advance and note down all the elements that you need to organize. Then you can seek the help you need in good time.

Do you need to take everything to New Zealand with you? Consider which of your household items are essential and which can be purchased on arrival. Make sure you keep all of your personal documents with you, such as proof of medication use.

Make sure you have your Visas organized in good time and check your passport is in date. See here for more information.

Plan your finances ahead of your arrival in New Zealand if you can. You will need a permanent address to set up a bank account, but make sure you know what you need before you reach the country. More information about finances can be found here.

If you wish to take your car it can be easily arranged with PSS International Removals. Your UK driving licence will enable you to drive in New Zealand for up to a year. More information can be found here.

Familiarize yourself with the items that you cannot take into New Zealand. This link details all relevant information.

New Zealand Customs will need to see the relevant documentation for your household goods, so again be prepared. Take a look at the customs office advice before you go.

Take transit times into consideration when planning your move. Shipping your goods to New Zealand by sea will take approximately 6-8 weeks for full container shipments and 8-12 weeks for part load shipments. Please visit our website for more information on PSS International Removals.

Advice on taking your pet to a new country

"AKC Great Falls June 2011" by SheltieBoy - Flickr: AKC Great Falls June 2011. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

“AKC Great Falls June 2011” by SheltieBoy – Flickr: AKC Great Falls June 2011. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

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According to recent news reports, a dog a day is currently being caught travelling into the UK on a forged passport with breeders from all over the world trying to smuggle dogs into the country using fake documents.

However, leaving the UK and moving abroad with your pet is actually a lot easier than you might think and doesn’t present the need for such desperate measures.

Unless there is a concrete reason as to why your beloved dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig can’t make the move, it’s something that really shouldn’t deter you. Whilst the loss of a much-loved animal can be devastating, taking them abroad can really aid your family in settling into your new home. Besides, families who, as children, moved overseas without their treasured pets, often report being upset at leaving them behind. Some never even forgave their parents so don’t allow the same to happen to you!

With this in mind, whilst your new country’s climate and possible quarantine regulations may be a major deciding factor, should you decide to leave without your pet, be sure to discuss the situation carefully with your family to alleviate any potential problems. Here are some useful websites, resources and related businesses worth reviewing before having that all-important conversation:

Transfur animals

UK Government advice on taking your pet abroad

Pet Travel

Pet Plan

Procedures vary for every country of origin and destination so we highly recommend employing a specialist pet relocation agent such as PSS International Removals who can offer you advice as well as put you in touch with our own tried and tested pet specialist.

Regardless of which company you choose, as soon as you know when and where you’ll be moving, contact your vet to make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date. Some will need to take place on specific dates prior to your relocation, so be sure to formulate a schedule and try to stick to it as rigidly as possible.

You should also have your pet fully inspected to ensure that it will withstand the journey by air. For example, some dog breeds have been known not to travel well due to their respiratory problems so make sure you seek professional advice well in advance. Always ask and research the various airlines for their pet relocation options because most have different regulations.

Once you’ve decided upon which company to use to transport your pet, your chosen company should then start preparing a crate for their journey. Again, every airline will have slightly different rules and regulations but in general, the crate needs to comply with airline and government regulations as well as be the correct size for your pet. It is the responsibility of the company transporting your pet to ensure that the crate has been manufactured large enough for them to stand, sit and lie down in a natural, comfortable position. Get this part wrong and you may face the shock of your pet not being allowed on the plane!

Make sure they have a microchip, collar and ID tag and that their name and details are clearly marked on the crate. Include your pet’s name, your name as well as the destination address and a telephone number.

In an effort to be extra-organised, create a file containing copies of all the relevant paperwork, vaccination certificates and microchip number so that everything’s together in one place. It may also be useful to include a photo of your pet, details of its species, breed and colour as well as size. Do also keep a note of any relevant contact details such as your vet and your pet relocation or removals agent.

It should be noted that assistance dogs are allowed to travel in the aircraft cabin with their owner on approved routes and carriers registered to carry assistance dogs. They can normally also travel on other forms of transport where other animals aren’t allowed. The Guide Dogs Association website has advice about taking assistance dogs abroad.

PSS International Removals offer a wide range of shipping and removal services, as well as advice and recommendations from our panel of tried-and-tested professional companies to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible. Our chosen pet specialist will ensure that your pet’s needs are catered for and that they arrive at your new destination fit and well.

Furthermore, they will be able to advise you on everything from import and export permits, welfare, vaccinations, kennels, flights and special crates for the airline including quarantine rules.

For more information or for our pet partner to contact you, please click this link, select the pet migration country you plan to move to, scroll down to the ‘Pet Transport’ section and click ‘Enquire Now’ to fill out a simple form.


Shipping your car abroad

By ヤマモトキョージ (Own work (投稿者撮影)) [Copyrighted free use], via Wikimedia Commons

By ヤマモトキョージ (Own work (投稿者撮影)) [Copyrighted free use], via Wikimedia Commons

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Your move to a new country will raise many questions, not just in relation to how you get there, but what you need to take with you, and what to buy when you arrive. Perhaps one of the biggest costs in relation to the ‘take with you or buy new’ question is your mode of transport. For most of us that means do you take your car or buy one in your new country?

Shipping a vehicle these days really isn’t as complicated or expensive as you might think; although there are many factors to consider.

For example, you may discover your steering wheel being positioned on the opposite side to what you are used to back home. Also, did you know that the cost of any car shipping quote can often depend on your specific make and model of car, which country you are shipping it to and via which service? The length of delivery can also largely depend on which country it is going to and the transit time can range from two to twelve weeks depending on the distance & Service type.

Many worry that they might have to pay taxes when importing their car but this all depends on the destination, how long you’ve been the owner and whether or not you are a first time immigrant or returning citizen.

Most countries either offer tax-free entry on cars for all first time immigrants and citizens, or free entry if you originally left your country of origin with no intention of returning. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some countries do charge taxes based on the purchase price of the value of the car and you should always research into whether or not your driving license might be recognised in your new country.

Always make a note of your car’s condition and ask the removal men the necessary questions should you discover scratches or dents upon arrival at your new destination. Be aware that most removal companies, including PSS International Removals will also ask you to provide keys to the many car locks you may have installed.

In terms of pre-shipping logistics, it is vital that you advise the DVLA that you will be exporting your vehicle and complete and return the relevant section on your V5 (log book) document to them. Always ensure that the exterior of your car is steam cleaned 24-48 hours before loading, with special attention being given to the wheels and wheel arches. It is also advisable to keep hold of the receipt and supply a copy to your removals company should they need it.

Some countries may even require your car to conform to its own transport policy before they will grant import approval, so in most cases this should be done prior to shipment. Common requirements of conformity would be road safety or environmental, however PSS International Removals will always advise you of any certificate or statement that you might need to complete or obtain.

When removal day arrives, your removals company should supply you with all of the necessary information and if we are not loading your car at your residence we will advise you where to take your car so that it is ready to be loaded onto the vessel.

When the shipping process begins costs and procedures greatly depends on where your car is being transported to, how much you are willing to spend and whether or not you intend to ship any of your household contents at the same time.

If you are only shipping your car then PSS International Removals offer the option to send it via our ‘Roll on Roll off’ service where your vehicle is driven onto a vessel and secured for the entire journey. Alternatively, PSS can arrange to have your car secured and containerized either at your residence or at one of UK depots.

If you are intending on consolidating your household effects and your car inside one container, PSS would load and secure your car and build a wooden frame and crate around it to ensure that it is fully protected and sectioned-off. PSS would then utilize the additional container space containing your household contents.

Upon arrival at your new destination, your car will either be unloaded at your door or handed out at our depot or in some circumstances at the port/container base. Some countries may then carry out a full inspection of the vehicle to ensure that it is road worthy and the safety features are in line with their own transport policy. It is not uncommon for some cars to even be steam cleaned again upon arrival.

At PSS, we believe it is essential that when you are shipping your car or vehicle you have peace of mind in knowing that professionals will handle it. PSS International Removals are fully bonded members of the British Association of Removers (BAR Overseas), IMMI (International Movers Mutual Insurance), FIDI (Global alliance) we have also been awarded with FAIM accreditation, which is the international removal industries quality standard.
For more information and a free quote, please click the following link.

Would you like to live in Queensland, Australia?


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If so, then why not pop along to our upcoming Queensland Seminar Event – taking place this Thursday 4th December from 6-8pm at the Down Under Centre – 48, Haven Green, Ealing Broadway, London, W5 2NX.

The seminar is being organised and run by both the Queensland Government and Down Under Centre to provide useful background information on this magnificent part of The East Coast of Australia, the migration process, employment opportunities and general relocation advice.

PSS International Removals will also be present at the event to offer advice on your international removal needs.

For an overview of the seminar, or if you might be unable to attend, please click this link to find out whether you might be eligible and what’s required.