Growthlures recruitment firm
THE region’s resources boom has prompted specialist mining and construction industry recruitment company John Davidson & Associates to open an office in Townsville.
JDA Townsville branch manager Garry Brady said yesterday Townsville was the logistics centre to some of the world’s biggest mines and more was to come.
‘‘Expansion of existing mining and construction projects and an increased number of new developments in and around Townsville and the Bowen basin have dramatically increased employment within these sectors,’’ Mr Brady said.
‘‘More companies will need additional regional human resource management support to fill positions.’’
Mr Brady said Townsville was well placed to capitalise on the business flowing from the developments.
The city was firmly established as the fly-in fly-out centre for most of the mining companies and workers were basing themselves here to find work in the industry in Queensland, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
While the shortage of skills was hurting many industries, Mr Brady said they had received more than 800 applications for 85 positions for a new mine about 120km west of Mount Isa.
‘‘It’s surprising the number of people around if the right positions and the right money is being offered,’’ he said.
Tradespeople were being offered between $90,000 and $100,000.
‘‘It’s finding experienced people that is hard,’’ he said.
JDA was established in 1990 and works with companies in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the United States and South America.