Title

The Flip Side Of fly-in fly-out: The Use Of 457 Visas By Smaller Firms In The Western Australian Resources Sector

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

National Institute of Labour Studies Inc.

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Business/Centre for Innovative Practice

RAS ID

17961

Comments

This article was originally published as: Barrett, R., Bahn, S. T., 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), 138-158. Original article available here

Abstract

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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