Growth­lures re­cruit­ment firm

Townsville Bulletin - - Business - — TONY RAGGATT

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.

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