FIFO demand likely to grow, says recruiter

Posted: 18th Feb

Regional communities may be forced to settle for fly-in fly-out workers to maintain growth in WA’s resources sector, as new figures show it is offering more than half of Australia’s mining jobs for first time in three years.

 

Mine workers at the Perth airport ready to fly to site.
Mine workers at the Perth airport ready to fly to site.Picture: The West Australian

DFP’s January Mining and Resources Jobs Index shows 50.7 per cent of all resources jobs on offer were in WA, the first time it has crossed that mark since February 2016.

With that growth in demand, Mr van Stokrom said there were concerns an emerging skills shortage in regional mining hubs like Kalgoorlie could not be filled with residential workforces.

“It’s interesting because there’s a lot of vacancies in Kalgoorlie, as you know, and it has been similar for our branches in the Pilbara,” Mr van Stokrom said.

“Pretty much most of WA in the remote areas, it’s been difficult to get people, really difficult, and it’s actually hindered growth.

“Everyone’s got the same story to tell, so when you look at communities like Kalgoorlie particularly and the Pilbara, there’s been a reluctance to go into fly-in fly-out because the community just doesn’t want it.

“If they want to keep the growth alive, they may have to resort to it.”

Across the country opportunities in the mining sector improved by 0.5 per cent in January after suffering a slide over the second half of 2018.

Permanent job vacancies led the rise, up 2.4 per cent, with temporary and contract roles on offer falling 2.6 per cent.

Job opportunities for geologists were up 8.7 per cent in January and are now at their highest level since November 2013, according to DFP.

That came amid a solid rise in management roles, with 10 per cent more education and project management positions and 16.8 per cent more occupational health and welfare roles on offer in January than December.

“It has been geologists and engineering, but the latest (survey) shows that operational management is leading the way in the west,” Mr van Stokrom said.

 

Source:

https://thewest.com.au/news/kalgoorlie-miner/fifo-demand-likely-to-grow-says-recruiter-ng-b881106643z