The Great Resig-cation: Tourism Australia launches Working Holiday Maker Campaign


As the ‘Great Resignation’ continues to gain momentum, new data reveals that the trend is
expanding in Ireland with more than half (53%) of employed 18–35-year-olds stating they are
considering quitting their job, with more than a third (35%) planning to do so in the next year.

A study by research company, Censuswide, of over 1,000 employed adults aged 18-35 reveals
almost a third (30%) of those who are considering quitting their job in the next 12 months are planning to quit their job so they can travel and/or work abroad, with 18–24-year-olds more likely than 25-30-year-olds (23% cf. 15%). These young adults have stated a fresh perspective is key to how they want to live their lives in 2022, with more than a third (36%) seeking better work/life balance.

The research was commissioned by Tourism Australia to understand the post-pandemic
mindsets of young Irish workers and to encourage uptake of Australia’s Working Holiday Maker
visa. The visa allows residents of Ireland aged between 18-35 the opportunity to continue their career momentum whilst enjoying an extended stay Down Under for a period of up to three years.

With Australia’s borders having reopened in February, short-term work opportunities in sectors such as hospitality and tourism – typically favoured by young Irish workers – are readily available once again and are perfect for the overwhelming number of young Irish workers (62%) who agree they would not be able to support their travel financially over an extended period of time. When questioned, nearly six in ten (59%) respondents agree they would consider travelling to Australia as a working holidaymaker.


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