Our Marketing Manager Julie takes a quirky look at the Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) mining job opportunities and what they have in common with the local bird life:
What is the difference between a gannet, a kiwi and FIFO?
Two are high fliers, and the other is a flightless native bird.
Well, to be totally factual, the dear kiwi has no real choices on being grounded, coupled with being an endangered species treasured by New Zealanders. Now the gannet is a whole other story, having the freedom to fly around the world, eking out a living, meeting up with old friends and making new ones.
Then there’s FIFO (a.k.a. fly in fly out) which is not a feathered bird (but let’s not forget that flight is the operative word here) but best known by miners and mining companies who bid for miners then fly them out to billion dollar mining projects. So, miners and gannets both share a common goal – of making a living involving the move from one country to another.
Miners’ specialisation, skills and motivation to move to other countries means they have opportunities galore to live and learn new cultures, and can potentially earn a good living to support themselves and their families.
Did you know?
- Mining companies will make bids to attract miners
- There are great locations in Western Australia and Latin America
- Accommodation and meals are provided in comfortable environments
- You have the chance to go home on a regular basis
Now getting back to the moral of story, you may see there are a few parallels between our gannet and the FIFO miner, while the kiwi bird is clearly a rank outsider with no ability to take flight. Unlike you – so visit our website and check out those hot jobs and start your FIFO missions – what are you waiting for?
The Australian mining boom has dominated the press lately, both in the southern hemisphere and on a global level, polarising opinion over whether it really is booming or is bust. Having enjoyed an unprecedented surge of success, reflected in high salaries, a thriving economy and towns springing up to accommodate the high volumes of workers, fears are growing (or perhaps just media coverage) that Australia’s mining boom is slowing down. Here’s a look at what’s been in the news:
The mining bubble has burst…
It all seemed to kick off when Resources Minister Martin Ferguson announced that “You’ve got to understand the resources boom is over” – a bold statement that opened the floodgates to a rush of similar comments and fears.
The mining bubble is booming…
Yet, on the back of this came comments from Australia’s central bank chief saying there’s no sign the mining boom is over and that the resource-rich economy was growing at its potential (as reported by Reuters). This was swiftly followed up by Treasurer Wayne Swan assuring reporters that Australia still has a resources investment pipeline of half a trillion dollars and “That pipeline will be there creating wealth and in the future creating exports for Australia and we will see an export boom following this investment boom”. Business spending plans appeared to back this statement up.
So what’s going on?
Media around the world has been keen to weigh in with their thoughts, from the BBC to The Age. The opinion pieces show cautious optimism for the long-term impact of the resources projects planned in Australia – highlighting how it’s not all doom and gloom in Australia. If you’re interesting in finding out more, The Herald Sun has done a great breakdown of what’s happening with Australia’s mining boom.
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?
Mine Workers in Australia
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:
Conveyors at the Newman Hub processing centre
Australia currently has tremendous job opportunities on some the biggest heavy construction projects wordlwide.
Within the construction industry the term “heavy” refers to items produced such as iron ore, coal, oil and gas etc. Owners of heavy construction projects are usually large, for-profit, industrial corporations. These corporations can be found in such industries as Infrastructure, power transmission and distribution, metallurgical and material handling, oil and gas, chemical, power generation, mineral processing etc.
Heavy construction projects require a team of qualified individuals to ensure successful project completion. Specifically, in the fields of mechanical and structural engineering, project management, construction management, quality surveying, Health Safety & Environmental and quality assurance management. In Australia majority of heavy construction projects are located in regional areas ‘outback Australia’ therefore, fly in and fly out (FIFO) rosters have been adopted as a method of employment.
Read on for details on some of the biggest current projects here in Australia: