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WORK­ERS need a com­bi­na­tion of char­ac­ter­is­tics to suc­ceed in a fly-in, fly-out role in the min­ing sec­tor.

Re­cruit­ment firm Hays dubs can­di­dates best suited for FIFO jobs as or­ange col­lar’’ work­ers.

The term evolved from the flu­o­res­cent or­ange, high­vis­i­bil­ity uni­form com­monly worn by em­ploy­ees in the sec­tor. But Hays says it refers to much more than just a dress code.

It says or­ange-col­lar work­ers are those who can cope with spend­ing time away from fam­ily and friends, the types of ros­ters on of­fer and gen­eral day-to-day life and fa­cil­i­ties on mine sites.

Hays Re­sources and Min­ing se­nior re­gional di­rec­tor Simon Win­field says there are pros and cons to work­ing in a FIFO role that work­ers need to con­sider be­fore ap­ply­ing.

He says in the past, many job­seek­ers were lured by large min­ing salaries but be­came dis­il­lu­sioned with the FIFO life­style.

Or­ange col­lar can­di­dates do not fit stan­dard def­i­ni­tions of white or blue col­lar,’’ Win­field says. They could be ge­ol­o­gists, bog­ger op­er­a­tors or even the chief ex­ec­u­tive.

They are those can­di­dates who pos­sess highly tech­ni­cal and spe­cial­ist skills, are will­ing and able to work in re­mote lo­ca­tions, pos­sess the nec­es­sary train­ing and tick­ets, have the right at­ti­tude to com­pli­ance and are will­ing to com­mit to a project long-term. This is a unique com­bi­na­tion of char­ac­ter­is­tics, which not ev­ery can­di­date pos­sesses.’’

The pros and cons of a FIFO role in­clude:

RE­DUCED per­sonal ex­penses when liv­ing on site for long pe­ri­ods.

MORE time at home and with fam­i­lies dur­ing long pe­ri­ods off.

NEG­A­TIVE ef­fects on fam­ily and per­sonal life be­cause of long pe­ri­ods away from home.

NO­MADIC life chal­lenges so­cial life and well­be­ing.

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