Per­ma­nent jobs needed

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MEM­BER for Mackay Julieanne Gil­bert be­lieves to lure peo­ple back to the re­gion, the jobs be­ing of­fered need to be per­ma­nent and more trans­par­ent.

The La­bor MP (right) said Bris­bane peo­ple were re­luc­tant to move to Mackay for work as most of the jobs ad­ver­tised were by labour hire and re­cruit­ment com­pa­nies.

“Paget busi­nesses are not con­fi­dent the work is go­ing to be reg­u­lar to put peo­ple on per­ma­nent con­tracts,” she said. “But with short term con­tracts it is a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion at the mo­ment be­cause peo­ple won’t come un­less they can be of­fered per­ma­nent work.”

She also said the job ad­ver­tise­ments didn’t say which com­pa­nies the jobs were for, but if they said BHP or Rio Tinto peo­ple would ap­ply.

That’s why she had been fo­cussing on up-skilling Mackay peo­ple who al­ready live in the re­gion.

She said over the past year the gov­ern­ment had 494 in work through the Back to Work pro­gram, 588 in the Youth Boost Pro­gram and 355 through Works for Queens­land in the Mackay-Whit­sun­day re­gion.

Of those 355 in the Works for Queens­land pro­gram, 267 now have jobs and 42 are be­ing up-skilled through train­ing course or were try­ing to get their school qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

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