Monday, April 12th, 2010
Contracting and executive recruitment firm Wilson People Management (WPM) has seen major changes in requirements for technical and operational professionals (including OHS professionals) in the resource industry. This is due to the increasing trend for personnel from the metallurgical mining industry to make the move to oil and gas in pursuit of better pay and working conditions.

In the past, these companies were firm in the belief that they would not take on people from the mining industry but now because of mega projects like that of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Gorgon project in WA, safety officers and other technical staff are making a move in unprecedented numbers.

“Skilled workers from mining and other sectors are willing to make the change to LNG for the pay rise and project sustainability,” said WPM Managing Director Ben Wilson. For the other projects this means a shortage of safety officers; which have to be sourced from elsewhere.

From a salary perspective the people coming from mining industries are finding both financial and lifestyle rewards in changing employers. To compete, companies are willing to pay up to ten percent more to make the switch. As would be expected there is a safety up skill requirement in the transition process to make up for the difference in two industries and different technologies.

Mega-projects like Gorgon are applying strict OHS policies to ensure that all workers meet the safety standards set by the Oil and Gas industry. This up-skilling ensures that companies, contractors and site personnel are compliant with legislative requirements in place in the Oil & Gas industry, such as the SafetyMap framework.

Not only are these mega projects sourcing technical and operational employees from the mining industry, but are back-filling positions with candidates from overseas markets and looking to new sectors and disciplines such as engineering to fill the void that these large scale projects create.

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Wilson People Management

Established in 2000, with offices in Perth and Adelaide WPM is a rapidly expanding group of dedicated management consultants who specialise in sourcing senior permanent and contract professionals in the area of sustainability for some of the world’s leading organisations.

The disciplines are varied and include Engineering, Safety, Environment, Community, Operations, Hygiene, QA and HR. Through both the WPM network and collective expertise of the WPM team, they source the right candidate for any role within these niche disciplines. Coupling an understanding of clients’ unique needs with an appreciation of their distinctive culture ensures both the person and their skills fit the role.
Natalie Jackway
P: 0405 095 367


Mining, Safety, Recruitment



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