Labour hire doubles
NEW muscle in mining workforce.
Wednesday 19 March 2014
QUEENSLAND mining companies are forging ahead with projects and they still need the right people to do it - but they are looking for new, productive ways of manning them.
That’s according to One Key Resources managing director Grant Wechsel, who told Shift Miner
demand for labour hire doubled for them throughout 2013.
“Every position is now critical, you don’t just send people to a site anymore,” he explained.
“There is a high level of management required to make sure they are hitting benchmarks.”
Mr Wechsel said at the same time as demand doubled, the nature of the labour hire business had also substantially changed.
Two or three years ago, labour hire was considered an option for the last 20 per cent of the workforce, he said.
Now it’s considered a productivity alternative, which means labour hire personnel need to hit the ground running.
“In the past there was a misconception or maybe even a reality in some cases that other
labour hire companies treated their people poorly, and they were delivered on site with very little support,” he said.
“That has certainly changed today.”
Mr Wechsel said his company has a full screening process to match experienced people with the right machine so workers can get on with the job quickly and easily.
“It means that you have a committed workforce, with good attendance, achieving their benchmarks,” he said. “It’s about creating a culture of productivity.”