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  • Recruitment Companies want locals to fill mining positions

    06-May-2014

    DESPITE a push by mining giants towards 100% fly-in fly-out (FIFO), there are still jobs in the industry for locals and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) candidates.

    Recruitment companies advertising those jobs online maintain they are better for both the workers and the regions.

    Lacoa Workforce director Paul Nagle said large contractors that serviced these regions had found the margin for FIFO had decreased and now were advertising for local applicants only.

    Mr Nagle said when the boom was on, he was pro-FIFO, but since the downturn he was now behind a push for more DIDO workers in the region.

    "There was such a big push to build, which was only going to be an issue for sustainability in the future," Mr Nagle said.

    He said the simple fact that local and DIDO workers were spending their money in the towns had a flow-on effect, helping support the local economy.

    Electricians, boilermakers and fitters are the most common trades seeking local applicants, he said.

    "A lot of contractors are looking for more DIDO... mechanical and electrical engineers have increased as well, it's more cost-effective these days," he said.

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