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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.