Fly in Fly Out – or FIFO as it is more commonly referred to – is a method of employing people for remote country locations which is very commonly used in Western Australia. As an alternative to relocating entire families to often remote locations, the employee is flown to the work site for a number of days, and then flown home again.
Employers prefer their workers to be FIFO as the cost of transporting employees to site is far less than it would be to build, maintain and develop long term communities. Employees may prefer the FIFO opportunity as their families are often reluctant to relocate to small towns in remote areas.
What should I expect?
Rosters dictate how long you are on site, and how long you are home. Most rosters offered are 4 weeks on site and 1 week at home – 4:1 however these rosters vary depending on the project and the site.
Usually a FIFO position involves working a shift of 10 hours each day for a number of continuous days. When on site, you will be supplied with all meals, accommodation, house-keeping – some camps also offer swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms, cable TV and unlimited internet as a way of attracting and retaining skilled staff.
Read on for more on what’s driving the industry here in Australia and how you can get your FIFO job:
Skill Shortages in Heavy Construction
Due to the enormous increase in Australia’s mining capacity within mineral processing and Oil & Gas industries a strong drive for heavy industrial projects is imminent. As a result this part of the industry is bursting at the seams with skill shortages widely anticipated within engineering construction, specifically skilled engineers.
The latest Australian Industry (Ai) Group/Australian Constructors Association (ACA) construction outlook survey released demonstrates the total value of engineering construction is set to rise by 14.7%in 2012 and a 13.8% the following year. However, the survey also forecasts that the turnover in Engineering Construction is set to rise by 17.1% in 2012. Therefore, many construction companies are looking to recruit internationally to seek the talented labour that is required.
Information for this article has been provided by Monadelphous, a leading engineering group providing construction, maintenance and industrial services to the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. There are currently many jobs with Mondadelphous available in Australia. If you live in the UK you will have the opportunity to meet Mondelphous recruiters in person at the Energy, Mining & Engineering International Jobs Expo this summer (2012) in Leeds or London.
FIFO Jobs in Australia
If you’re interested in moving to Australia and think you might have the right skills, you can find onsite and FIFO roles in the construction jobs, engineering jobs, mining and resources jobs and oil and gas jobs sections of the Working In Australia website.