High wages attracting low skilled workers

The WA mining industry is attracting unsuitable workers who want to earn high wages without building a career in the sector, a consulting firm says.

Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance CEO Phillip de Courcey told Fairfax Media the mining industry was struggling against a myth that people could earn high wages without hard work and commitment.


De Courcey said the myth had attracted workers to the industry that were “motivated for the wrong reasons”.


“They're motivated to only come and earn money as opposed to building a career and a future in the industry and the state,” he said.


De Courcey said because of the lure of high wages there were many workers trying to enter the industry without the right skills or experience.


He also said beyond having the right skills workers needed to be able to adapt to the fly-in fly-out lifestyle and strict workplace regulations.


De Courcey has been busy in the national media over the last few months, and told ABC News recently the skills shortage and low productivity were still hurting the mining industry.


Earlier this year figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the mining industry continued to pay the highest wages in Australia.

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