Sodexo on re­cruit­ment drive

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Re­cent moves by ma­jor re­sources and ser­vices com­pa­nies to boost lo­cal jobs and em­ploy­ment should be met with op­ti­mism, ac­cord­ing the Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive, John Lally.

French ser­vices gi­ant Sodexo is in the midst of a Pil­bara re­cruit­ment drive in search of hun­dreds of em­ploy­ees to take on po­si­tions across Rio Tinto op­er­a­tions.

The jobs drive be­gan al­most a year a go af­ter the com­pany won a 10-year con­tract to pro­vide food ser­vice and site man­age­ment to Rio Tinto.

The lat­est jobs phase is seek­ing trades such as car­pen­ters, elec­tri­cians, plum­bers, house­keep­ers and grounds per­son­nel for Rio Tinto fa­cil­i­ties around Kar­ratha, Dampier and Wick­ham.

Sodexo coastal op­er­a­tions man­ager Luke Lil­burn, said the com­pany was fo­cus­ing on re­cruit­ing peo­ple liv­ing in the Pil­bara, and mov­ing new em­ploy­ees to the re­gion.

“We want to bring them here so they can en­joy the life­style we have to of­fer,” he said.

“Liv­ing res­i­den­tially cer­tainly helps (staff re­ten­tion) be­cause you are ac­tively in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

“If we’re at­tract­ing lo­cal peo­ple, we would like to of­fer them the ‘five-and-two ros­ter’ so they have that time with their fam­i­lies on the week­end.”

Mr Lil­burn said he and his wife had loved the com­mu­nity since mov­ing up for the job al­most a year a go.

Sodexo’s push to boost its res­i­den­tial work­force comes as two Pil­bara min­ers, Rio Tinto and Fortes­cue, at­tempt to re-es­tab­lish trust with Pil­bara busi­nesses through im­proved lo­cal pro­cure­ment pro­cesses.

Mr Lally said mea­sures by ma­jor com­pa­nies to in­volve lo­cals showed the work to cre­ate live­able com­mu­ni­ties was pay­ing off.

“I think the nor­mal­i­sa­tion of the hous­ing mar­ket and the cost of do­ing busi­ness here is what’s made it more at­trac­tive to have a res­i­den­tial work­force,” he said.

“We all know with the FIFO life­style, some say they like it but in the main when peo­ple are away from fam­ily, it doesn’t work that well.”

Mr Lally said the cham­ber would as­sist com­pa­nies look­ing to boost lo­cal en­gage­ment, such as Sodexo, Rio Tinto and Fortes­cue, in any way it could.

Pic­ture: Luke Lil­burn

Sodexo coastal op­er­a­tions man­ager Luke Lil­burn, cen­tre, with col­leagues and their fam­i­lies at Port Wal­cott Yacht Club.

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