FIFO workers satisfied but will chase higher salary: survey

MINING workers on fly-in, fly-out rosters are reportedly satisfied with their work arrangements but will change jobs in the next year to chase a higher salary.

The Australian reports a six-month study released by the University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute found job satisfaction was relatively high but despite this, almost half of workers surveyed reported they intended to change jobs in the next 12 months.

A desire for higher pay, better work-life balance and career advancement were the reasons given for changing jobs.

Mary Anne Barclay, of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, who led the research, said one of the benefits of FIFO work was that it enabled skilled people to chase promotions.

"It offers greater work advancement opportunities because it doesn't matter if you're based in Brisbane or Perth, you can climb the next peg of the career ladder at any mine site in Australia," she said.

"Your options are wide open to you if you're ambitious."

The study also said FIFO workers were after more personal space and quiet time to communicate with family and friends to boost their wellbeing and job satisfaction.

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In other mining employment news, South Australia's resources sector is expected to create an additional 35,000 jobs in the next 16 years, and faces an acute shortage of skilled workers in the next five.

Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance chief executive Phil de Courcey said with 40 resources projects in the pipeline, the industry, government and educational institutions had to prepare now for future demand.

He said while the demand for skilled workers would not put the state in the same league as Western Australia, it did have the potential to become the next Queensland.

Early indicators point towards the highest demand being for crusher and dragline operators, exploration drillers, laboratory assistants, underground and open-cut miners, and mobile plant and process plant operators.

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