Mining through the talent pool of potential fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers

Pryce, Josephine, Welters, Riccardo, Lynch, Paul, Blackman, Anna, Murphy, Laurie, Eagle, Lynne, Case, Peter, and Low, David (2014) Mining through the talent pool of potential fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 40 (2). pp. 201-220.

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Abstract

This article reports on findings from an exploratory study which examined the qualifications, skills, and experience of local job seekers in Tropical North Queensland to ascertain their potential as FIFO workers. An online survey was conducted, eliciting 213 responses from potential FIFO workers, identifying their interest in, capacity, and capability to undertake FIFO work. The majority of respondents indicated that not only were they interested in FIFO work, but that they constituted an untapped talent pool of potential FIFO workers with substantial experience and (or) limited qualifications. The results indicated that this supply of potential FIFO labour, with some upskilling, could go a long way in contributing to the growing demand for skilled labour in the resource sector. The interest of these potential workers has implications for the mining industry, government departments, employment agencies, communities, and labour markets.

Item ID: 37581
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 0311-6336
Funders: Australian Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2015 03:25
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics @ 40%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 60%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910208 Micro Labour Market Issues @ 40%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations @ 60%
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