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The Hard Part About Holiday Rosters and the FIFO Life

17/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Did you hear about the warning not to call in sick during the holidays issued to FIFO workers in the Pilbara last week? The news was widely reported in industry publications and mainstream media. The gist of the story was an employer told FIFO workers the only excuse they had for not showing to work over the holidays was ‘death’ and they expected to see a death certificate to prove it. While it brewed up a small storm of criticism about whether it was ethical or even legal to issue such a notice, it’s important to understand the motivation behind the not so tongue-in-cheek warning.

The Double Standard for Jobseekers and Recruiters on LinkedIn

14/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We often run advice on this blog about LinkedIn etiquette for jobseekers. The habit of unsolicited invitations is always a hot topic if you’re using LinkedIn to find a job. People are often confused because there seems to be a double standard for behaviour. Two popular polls at LinkedIn shed light on this conundrum.

7 Reasons to Keep Your Job Search Going in December

13/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The end of the year is a busy time for holidays and social activities. Christmas, Hanukkah, Deepavali and Thanksgiving all cluster around the last weeks of the year. In Australia and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere, summer vacations and school holidays add to the mix. If you’re a jobseeker, it might seem tempting to put your search on hold. Before you do that, consider why it might be a good time to ramp things up.

Division of Mining and Resources Engineering at Monash University

12/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Monash University in Melbourne will establish a Division of Mining and Resources Engineering on the back of a $5 million in donations Melbourne-based MMG and Newcrest Mining Limited. It’s another example of industry working to upskill, train and retrain the Australian workforce.

Mining and Energy Driving Job Creation in Queensland

11/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The mining and energy sectors of the Australian resources industry are driving job creation in Queensland according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. According to Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps, record investment in resources projects continues to drive economic growth in the state.

Demand for Engineering Skills on the Rise in Australia

06/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We’ve reported before about the engineering skills shortage in Australia but a new paper from Engineers Australia shows demand for engineers continues unabated. The Changes in the Australian Engineering Labour Market report release last week shows an increase of more than 30% 2006 and 2011.

Chevron Gorgon Project Hits Employment Milestone

05/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Last week WA Department of Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien recognised an employment milestone connected with the Chevron Gorgon project. The CB&I Kentz Joint Venture hired their 1,000th employee. The contract, valued at $2.2 billion will eventually create more than 1,650 local jobs. The big news, in our opinion, has to do with future traineeships and apprenticeships on the project.

75,000 Resources Jobs Created in Western Australia

04/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The Local Content Report for November 2012 published by the Western Australia Department of Commerce shows the resources industry is making a significant impact on the economy due to the number of contracts awarded and jobs created.

Rio’s Brockman 2/Nammuldi Development Needs Skilled Workers

03/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The Brockman 2/Nammuldi development is under way and Rio Tinto is looking for skilled workers to help support the Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) being deployed on site. If you want to be part of a modern mining operation, autonomous mining at Brockman 2 is a good place to start.

BREE: Australian Resources Industry Still Going Strong

30/11/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
It’s hard to know what to believe about the resources industry in Australia. With media coverage fluctuating between boom and bust stories, jobseekers are left slightly dazed and confused. A new report from the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) tells the real story and it’s good news.

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