The Flip Side Of fly-in fly-out: The Use Of 457 Visas By Smaller Firms In The Western Australian Resources Sector
National Institute of Labour Studies Inc.
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Business / Centre for Innovative Practice
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.