Permanent jobs needed
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.