The flip side of fly-in-fly-out : the use of 457 visas by smaller firms in the Western Australian resources sector

Barrett, R, Bahn, S, Susomrith, P, & Prasad, K (2014) The flip side of fly-in-fly-out : the use of 457 visas by smaller firms in the Western Australian resources sector. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 40(2), pp. 138-158.

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The focus in this article is how the extensive use of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) working arrangements in the Western Australian resources sector has an impact directly and indirectly on smaller firms and their ability to recruit workers in remote locations. We argue that the growth of FIFO working arrangements has disadvantaged smaller resource-sector firms by increasing their employment costs and decreasing their ability to attract skilled workers. As a result, smaller resource-sector firms are recruiting skilled workers on 457 visas to secure their business stability and growth, despite the complexity, costs, and risks involved.

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ID Code: 79558
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Skilled labor--Supply and demand, Work Environment, Work and Family, Wages and Labor Productivity
ISSN: 0311-6336
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 National Institute of Labour Studies Inc.
Deposited On: 18 Dec 2014 04:10
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 21:14

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