Western Australia’s economy is mining based with Perth forming the central hub of this activity. Fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) is a way of life whereby urban based individuals are employed in the region’s remote areas. These employees are flown temporarily to a work site in the WA or NT region for work instead of relocating employees and their families. 70% of FIFO workers live in the Perth-Peel Region, meaning the requirements for adequate and reliable transport are great. Southern Airport Shuttles occupies a space in the Perth airport transfers industry helping thousands of FIFO workers move safetly from their home to the Perth airport. For these workers, leaving their vehicles at the airport is not an option due to high airport parking costs. Both short term and long term parking costs are prohibitive making the use of Perth Airport Shuttle services more appealing. Our services can easily be accessed via Google, by searching such simple terms such as FIFO Airport Transfers; Shuttle Bus Perth; Perth Airport Shuttles and FIFO Airport Shuttle Perth.
The FIFO workforce is comprised of people from all walks of life. There is a wide variety of FIFO jobs for both men and women. Resources employees, politicians, local government workers and health professionals are just some of the people that might not spring to mind when you think ‘FIFO.’ Nevertheless, all these professionals are proud representatives of the FIFO community.
We dug a little deeper into the FIFO workforce, and unearthed more interesting stats from a few sources including a recent survey of 2500 people working in the resource sector.
The majority of FIFO employees in Western Australia live in the Perth-Peel Region, accounting for approximately 70% of the workforce. Other WA regions provide about 14%, and employees from interstate contribute approximately another 14%.
Western Australian towns with FIFO workers include Albany, Broome, Busselton, Carnarvon and Geraldton. Other towns such as Manjimup and some Wheatbelt communities are also contributing a FIFO workforce as a means of diversifying their economies and maintaining a sustainable population base.
What types of jobs are available in the resources sector?
Almost every type of job you can imagine – both residentially based or FIFO. There are literally dozens of different roles in the resources sectors including engineers,; geologists, tradespeople, machinery operators, accountants, lawyers, administrators and plenty of support and supply chain functions.
The Western Australian resources sector continues to evolve from its construction phase into a sustained period of operations. This has seen the total employment number fall. However, it is important to note the workforce will also change, with a future focus on higher skilled roles, particularly those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.