There are enough workers in the live market to deliver many major projects in Australia [FREE REPORT]

The latest Skill Shortage Report released by the DEEWR indicates that the hardest to fill vacancies in Australia are in the Resource Sector. Data released this week from the Live Labour Market in Australia identifies more than 5,000 skilled workers with previous construction experience in the Resources sector.

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There are already enough workers to build a project of 10 Billion Dollars in the Pilbara, including Supervisors, Engineers, electricians, fabricators, welders, QA/QC, geologists, crane operators and all other trades and professional skills.


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20% of the available workers reside in regional Australia.


Western Australia covers 45% of the available skills workforce and overall, 20% of the available workers reside in Regional Australia, including Pilbara, Goldfields, Hunter Valley, Mount Isa and other Fly-In Fly-Out destinations.

It’s also incredible to think that such a large chunk of the construction labour market is on the hunt for a new opportunity with 63% currently active in the Live market .


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63% of the 5,437 Construction candidates are currently actively looking in the FIFObids Live market.

The Types of CV’s in the Live Market

The digital CV examples visible at the links below give a good indication of the calibre of people available now:

QA/QC manager

Electrical Supervisor

Construction Project Manager


Checkout the report for yourself and let us know in the comments if you’re surprised or not by these numbers.


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  • crustyFIFO says:

    How many of these people are currently employed in the sector? Are they really newly available to the mining industry or already working in the sector and just shopping themselves around for work with a different employer at a better rate? Every contractor in town says they have a database of 5 thousand potential employees, the reality is most of them are already working for others in the sector.

    • Ant says:

      @crustyFIFO:disqus FIFObids is different from inhouse databases, as those are just big spreadsheets and large files of PDF CVs. FIFObids is a live market, so I decide when I am looking for work and when I am not interested. My digital CV is also updated and easy to find online with my latest experience and tickets. In my experience companies do not use their internal databases very well (they never call old applicants) and mostly rely on new job applicants to fill positions. In my opinion on FIFObids the workers are already employed in large part as you say, but they are also highly qualified leads as they are looking for new work opportunities and therefore are likely to be interested in job offers and new projects. Especially in mining and construction, where projects have a limited duration and people move around quite often, those candidates on FIFObids will be ready for the next opportunity and this website is exactly what is required.

      • crustyFIFO says:

        Thanks for the response. However your explanation leaves me a little hollow with regards to your claim that there are enough people for a big project in the Pilbara. If most workers are already employed and they were to head to another project then they are not new entrants, but would be job hopping. Also every other project they came from would be depleted and would need to replace the workers who went to the big project. By your own admission your site for the most part is really only stirring up an existing pool of resources rather than injecting a significant volume of new talent? I also think the job hopping aspect creates issues with productivity and turnover which negatively impacts projects. I reckon you need a new pitch, your site does serve a purpose and provides opportunities for workers to change employment however it does little to address the shortage of key skills – which is your claim to fame – rather it just helps the existing workforce go around and around, creating headaches for projects.

        • Mick says:

          It actually does several things to improve worker availability, utilisation, and mobilisation of skills over traditional job boards.

          1. Construction projects are short term contracts, and when a worker demobes from site, the average time to get a new contract and re-mobe is 2-3 months. So thats 20% of a Australian workers utilisation not being used effectively. Having a live market where a candidate can obtain their next contract with minimal downtime is not reshuffling, its effective remobilisation.

          2. The best candidates are not looking on job boards, they dont have to. They are called by several firms that know them personally and they bounce from contract to contract, normally with lengthy downtimes where they are not being utilised. The live market interests these high end skills as they can reduce their downtime and be in front of the best opportunities. Its brings a lot of available candidates out of the woodwork that we otherwise were not counting. Think of it like advertising asking to buy a car, rather than simply looking on line. You’d be forgiven for thinking there was a car shortage.

          3. It is very easy to see in the live market who is currently not working, and who is, by the fact that people currently working keep their most recent company names in their work history confidential. You’ll notice in the report that the availability was not covering 40,000 people, which is the current size of the live market, it was covering less than 5,000 people. These are people currently looking for work, or who have contracts expiring soon.

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