A French backpacker who claimed he’s saved $15,000 in just three months while working on a farm has annoyed some Aussies by questioning how the country can have poor people.
The man claimed that he makes more while working 50 hour weeks on minimum wage, operating a cherry picker to harvest fruit and ‘chopping down some trees’ on a West Australian farm, than he did working as a professional marketer with a postgraduate degree in Europe.
‘So that’s my question, how can you be poor in Australia?’ he said in a video posted to TikTok.
The French national is one of 112,335 people holding working holiday visas in Australia as of December 31, 2022.
Many of those choose to do agricultural work as it can extend their stay by up to 12 months and open the door to an even longer visa in the future.
Having saved a considerable amount of money in a short amount of time, he questioned ‘how it’s possible’, that someone can be poor in Australia.
‘I get paid the minimum rate of what you can be paid here in Australia,’
The minimum wage in Australia is $21.38 per hour with 25 per cent loading to $26.73 per hour for casual work.
‘I do maybe 50 hours per week… I try to earn a lot of money,’ he continued.
‘And in three months I have maybe $15,000 in my savings.’
The backpacker then claims that he makes more money with a ‘s****y job on a farm using a cherry picker and I cut some trees’ than when he worked in France with a masters degree.
In the comments section, he elaborates on what he does have to pay for.
‘I pay rent, I pay for electricity and gas, I have a car,’ he wrote.
‘The fact is I don’t spend my money on beers, cigarettes.’
In a video posted to TikTok, a French backpacker (pictured) has questioned how there can be poor Australians after he saved $15,000 in just three months of farm work in West Australia
The Frenchmen said that he works a ‘s****y job’ operating a fruit picker and cutting down trees for 50 hours a week on minimum wage, but is still making money
The video caused strong reactions online with some Aussies praising the man for his work ethic while others thought he was ‘out of touch’.
‘Well done, I hope you make lots of money, we need hard working people here,’ one user wrote.
‘As an Aussie not doing my most this was a good kick up the ass. Genuinely appreciate hearing this,’ a second wrote.
‘Good job bro, show Australia how it’s done,’ a third wrote.
But others were quick to point out the big difference between living and working on a farm and doing the same in a city.
‘Come to Sydney, this (savings) will last a couple of weeks,’ one user wrote.
‘When you make $960 week, rent $540, petrol $80, food $200, electric etc. It’s not easy,’ a second wrote.
‘When you’re paying full rent/bills you may realise why, mate. Good on you for working hard, but living on a farm is quite cheap, I’d say,’ a third wrote.
Meet the young Aussie, 23, who swapped the city for a ‘nomad’ fruit picking life in the country – but she still makes $500 a DAY
A young Aussie woman has revealed that she makes up to $480 a day while picking fruit in regional Australia after swapping her city life for the country.
Kirasie Tate, from Sydney, relocated to Orange to work with her father who is a full-time professional fruit picker.
The 23-year-old is originally from Lismore, New South Wales, but moved to Sydney five years ago before deciding to head back to her roots.
‘I’ve travelled to beautiful regional towns across the East Coast that I would never usually go to,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘While it’s definitely not a glamorous job – you’re working long days and camping with shared facilities – there are upsides.’
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Kirasie Tate [pictured], from Sydney, recently relocated to Orange to work with her father who is a full-time professional fruit picker
A young Aussie woman has just revealed that she makes up to $480 a day while picking fruit in regional Australia
Tate has also been to places like Gayndah in country Queensland, and Huonville and Richmond in Tasmania for her work.
The 23-year-old told FEMAIL that the process of fruit picking is laborious – workers have to use clippers to carefully snip a fruit off from its stem and then flick it into their bags which go on to fill crates.
Fruit pickers also have to take special care as to not bruise or damage the fruit in the process.
Tate [pictured] has also been to places like Gayndah in country Queensland and Huonville and Richmond in Tasmania for her work
Tate is particularly fond of the ‘beautiful’ sunrises and sunsets she gets to see as part of her work, along with the additional benefits of interacting with farm animals like horses and cows.
But the part-time fruit picker revealed that certain parts of the job are less than ideal, citing an instance where she woke up with a green tree frog stuck to her cheek.
‘The rain is particularly bad – as it means you cannot work and just have to take a day off.’
The mandarin season, which runs from April to June, was cut short because of the torrential downpour.
‘All of the fruit just drops onto the floor,’ she said.
Tate is particularly fond of the ‘beautiful’ sunrises and sunsets she gets to see as part of her work, along with the additional benefits of interacting with farm animals like horses and cows
Many have expressed a desire to experience Tate’s nature-oriented life.
‘You’re living the dream – I wish I could do this and get away from the city,’ one man said.
‘My mother had great experiences picking fruit in her 20s, I hope to do it one day as well,’ said another.