Working in the North Shore

North Shore work tips

There are many factors people consider when making a career move: salary, location, job fit, benefits, fellow employees just to name a few.

Considering the area I recruit in, the North Shore, I wanted to focus on location and specifically, tips if you are looking to work in this area.

Knowing the area:

Sydney’s North Shore is a very different location to work in than its close neighbour, the CBD. Factors such as transportation and parking (especially in Macquarie Park and North Ryde) have to be accounted for when making the decision of whether or not the opportunity you’re applying for is going to fit in with your idea of a positive work/life balance.

If you’re not already living on the North Shore, commuting can add hours and lots of stress to your workday. As an example, if you’re planning to travel to the North Shore from the Eastern Suburbs, you can expect your morning and evening commutes to take around an hour and a half each way. Child care or other family considerations may make commuting to work difficult, so accepting a role here can be a big commitment if you’re from outside the area.


Those living in other areas of Sydney should also be mindful that the train line between Central and Macquarie Park will be closed for a minimum of 12 months from next year (2018), which will add extra strain to bus routes, as well as parking.

Systems Focused:

Unlike the CBD, the area is extremely systems focused in terms of Transactional Finance, due to there being a lot of Blue-chip and ASX-listed businesses that tend to hone in on specific system skills in job seekers.

For example, as a Payroll Officer, a lot of the companies in the North Shore will use a Tier 1 or Tier 2 payroll system such as SAP, ORACLE or CHRIS21. Therefore, if you have these exact system skills, you’re much more likely to get the job, especially in a contracting role, as there is little or no time to train employees who don’t have the exact same skillset.

It makes perfect sense, in that case, to play to your strengths and put yourself in a winning position where these skills are wanted.

Commitment to contracting:

Contracting roles are a hot topic right now and there is an abundance of these opportunities in the North Shore market.

My advice to job seekers who are looking to enhance their CV is to take on a couple of contracting roles during their career, especially after coming out of longer term, permanent roles.

For those who have never contracted before, it’s best to be open-minded and explore any interesting contract opportunities that come your way. Employers will be impressed with the diversity on your CV as well as your flexibility.

Temp to Perm:

Sydney is rife with what I class as ‘six-month probation periods’.

Even in a lot of permanent roles, a six-month probation period is standard. With Temp to Perm roles then, whether they are 1, 3 or 6 months, it can at times simply be a probation period before being classed as a permanent employee.

So if there is a temp opportunity that interests you, don’t be put off by the prospect of job instability, as it may turn into a permanent role!

If you are interested in working in the North Shore and have some questions or need advice, please do get in touch with me. I’d be happy to help!

RachelJonathan worked in Finance for over 8 years back in the UK for Tata Steel, the 3rd largest steel manufacturer in the World, before joining the recruitment industry in 2014.

Jonathan Baeten
Consultant – Contracting, Accounting Support
Telephone:(02) 8296 5327
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donna November 24, 2017 at 3:59 pm

It appears the principle of a mobile workforce is no longer.workable. I am older
traveling to work on the L90 was terrible from Avalon. Don’t try and tell me about the pros and cons, and, there are a lot of very selfish employers in/on the north shore. Never ever heard of ‘in’ the north shore until you mentioned it.


donna November 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

I wouldn’t mind a job, hey, how about it ???


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