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Gina Rinehart’s $7 billion iron ore mine in the Pilbara will need 10,000 workers, some of which will almost certainly be sourced overseas, according to Roy Hill officials.
According to PerthNow a Roy Hill spokesperson said while Australians would be the first pick for the company, they were unlikely to find enough workers without looking overseas.
"Once we’re in full operation, the intention is to create 2000 highly paid, full-time permanent jobs for Australians by the beginning of 2015, when we put the first ore on ship," they said.
"However, to get there, over a three-year period, that’s how long the construction phase goes, we’ve actually got to have 8000 construction workers."
PerthNow reports Roy Hill said labour analysts had indicated there were a "whole heap of shortages" in the Australian workforce.
Roy Hill is part of a number of companies applying for Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMAs) to help import larger numbers of overseas workers.
Roy Hill said under an EMA the company would have to provide training for some workers and prove it could not find employees locally.
But Unions WA told PerthNow the company was not going far enough in its efforts to train workers for new jobs.
Last month it was revealed a number of companies were in advanced discussions with the Government over EMAs to help fill desperately needed mining jobs.
The proposed agreements will replace 457 visas with bulk agreements for projects with a capital expenditure over $2 million and a peak workforce higher than 1500.