Booming mining industry is creating retail labour crisis

By Bizclik Editor

 

Regional towns in Queensland are having to fly-in, fly-out workers as flocks of people abandon retail and bank jobs to work at the mines, according to a recent Queensland Resources Council report.

An estimated 35,000 jobs will become vacant during the next two years unless a dramatic change occurs in all fields, including apprenticeships, immigration, taxation, education and mining. The mining industry will pay more than $8 billion in State Government royalties if the $142 billion in mining projects go ahead. Opportunities are going to be lost if labour changes don’t shift dramatically soon.

Resource companies are taking available people, causing some companies to fly-in, fly-out, or FIFO, due to a lack of people in the retail sector said Steve de Kruijff, the head of Xstrata Copper. Mining companies should attempt to attract people from other industries to move to mining towns to support its industries.

“I would prefer not to but a lot of people want to FIFO,” Kruijiff said. “It’s a big bang that is happening. It’s all going to happen very quickly, and the volume of people is not there.”
 

 

SEE TOP STORIES IN THE WDM CONTENT NETWORK

Read the latest Business Review Australia

 

 

A trend shows retailers in communities with rapidly expanding mining and resource sectors hiring workers from overseas, said Gary Black, National Retailers Association executive director. These communities include Mt Isa, Mackay, Gladstone and Toowoomba. About 20 per cent of these new jobs will go to these overseas workers on 457 work visas, according to the QRC.

Australia should consider following the example of some South American nations that shortened apprenticeships by two years without any loss of standards, Kruijiff said. The Government would double to 1,000 the number of TAFE positions for the introduction to mining courses, said Premier Anna Bligh.

As of now, some projects are at risk of stalling or being scrapped because the labour market settings will fail to meet demand, said QRC chief executive Michael Roche.

Share

Featured Articles

People Moves: Pine Labs, Deutsche Bank, McKinsey, Fortinet

Pine Labs names former Amazon exec as chief people officer, Fortinet hires government affairs leader for APAC, McKinsey India poaches Accenture HR exec

Dialight envisions a world of industrial safety with LEDs

Reliance on inefficient lighting technologies are not only harmful to the environment, but also increase injury risk and cost

Top 10: Must-see speakers at TECH LIVE LONDON 2022 event

Technology leaders from IBM, Oracle, Vodafone, JP Morgan, Accenture and the US Space Force are among the 80-plus speakers at upcoming TECH LIVE LONDON

Vodafone Business cyber leader Kawalec speaks at Cyber LIVE

Leadership & Strategy

Twitter timeline – how Musk pulled off a hostile takeover

Leadership & Strategy

Top 10 Asia restaurants, from Tokyo’s Den to Bangkok’s Sorn

Leadership & Strategy