Iso­la­tion can bring ben­e­fits

The Advertiser - Careers - - Executive, Professional & Management -

THE long hours and iso­lated lo­ca­tions of­ten associated with min­ing can bring work­ers unique ben­e­fits, an em­ployer says.

Many min­ing staff work ex­tended pe­ri­ods rather than the stan­dard five-day work­ing week but re­ceive ex­tra days off at the end of their ros­ter.

This means em­ploy­ees can spend more time with fam­ily and friends and pur­sue more recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties than the tra­di­tional worker who re­ceives two days off a week.

Cliffs Nat­u­ral Re­sources Asia Pa­cific Iron Ore vice-pres­i­dent Colin Wil­liams says em­ploy­ees at its Koolyanob­bing op­er­a­tion, in the West­ern Aus­tralian gold­fields, work on a nine-day ros­ter then re­ceive five days off.

Com­pared to the av­er­age worker, its em­ploy­ees work one fewer day each fort­night.

Work­ers em­ployed on a fly-in, fly-out ros­ter also com­mute to the mine on the com­pany’s time, free­ing up more per­sonal time.

Fly-in, fly-out pro­vi­sions also al­low work­ers to live close to friends, fam­ily and ser­vices in­stead of re­lo­cat­ing to iso­lated mine sites.

‘‘Our site-based em­ploy­ees fly within com­pany time in­stead of their own and work 10-hour shifts in­stead of the more com­mon 12, which all adds up to the per­fect bal­ance we seek to of­fer our peo­ple,’’ Mr Wil­liams says.

He says the com­pany wants to at­tract, re­tain and de­velop its em­ploy­ees be­cause its peo­ple are its great­est as­set and the best and bright­est work­force will help it achieve its goals.

‘‘We give our em­ploy­ees re­ward­ing ca­reer ex­pe­ri­ences with de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties through our ex­ten­sive lead­er­ship cour­ses and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­grams,’’ he says.

‘‘We of­fer re­mu­ner­a­tion pack­ages and ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing 15 per cent su­per­an­nu­a­tion and an an­nual bonus scheme.’’

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