According to research by Murdoch University, AUSTRALIA’S growing army of fly-in, fly-out workers – which now numbers around 200,000 people in the mining sector – suffer from severe stress on their family relationships, and many believe their companies don’t care about them, new research has found.
Mining is the main employer of fly-in, fly-out workers in remote locations around the nation, many of whom work up to four weeks away from home, for pay rates usually at least double those in the big cities.
But while the pay is better, there is high turnover – one in three mine workers don’t last a year in the job, a parliamentary inquiry was told last year – and a growing body of evidence on the social impacts.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/flyin-flyout-jobs-strain-families-and-work-loyalty-20130104-2c8wk.html#ixzz2MdTeuo95
Traditionally mining accommodation was and still is for that matter has been quite poor as far as amenity and comfort goes. With 12 hour shifts and little time for “relaxing” the units or “Dongas” as we have come to know them provide the basics at best.
With the mining sector continuing to grow and more accommodation being needed a higher standard of accommodation is being asked for. With the stress of working away from home and the high staff turnover driving up production costs companies are now seeing the benefits of investing in purpose-built and designed facilities in an attempt to make life away from home just that bit more comfortable.
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One of our latest developments is an example of what can be done with a bit of planning, some specialised design and thought for the occupants and how their working life in remote ares can be enhanced just a little.
Comfortable and stylish these units can be provided by the private sector at no cost to the mining companies and can also be a lucrative and positively geared investment for the astute developer.
With China’s hunger for our commodities predicted to continue for the next 20 – 25 years and a fast growing market in India there will be a huge demand on suitable and more comfortable accommodations.
For further information on our design options for specifically designed worker accommodation call our office today on (07) 5478 0222