Rum on offer for mining job

An unemployed Rockhampton man is promising a six-month supply of Bundaberg Rum to anyone who can find him work in the mining sector.

Raymond Burnham said he is willing to give someone a 700ml bottle of rum a week for six months – or the cash equivalent – if they help him secure a job.

"At the end of the day someone's getting a bottle of rum a week, and I'm getting a job," Burnham said.

"All up it's probably about $800, so to get a job for that is well worth it."

Burnham, an experienced trade’s assistant, has been out of work for a month, The Morning Bulletin reported.

The 29-year-old said he was hoping to secure a position as a fitter’s apprentice, and would ideally like to work for a company that had progress opportunities.

As miners move to layoff workers and job prospects in the sector tighten, desperate jobseekers are going to extraordinary lengths to secure positions in the industry.

Earlier this year Australian Mining spoke to Corey Matthews, 23, who after applying for almost 30 roles out of sheer desperation posted an advert on Gumtree offering $1000 cash in return for an operational role in the sector.

While reports also emerged earlier this year about mining hopefuls offering up their cars in return for jobs.

Resource Channel’s Jodie Elliott said that people without mining experience would find it increasingly hard to find a position in the industry.

“If you don’t have the skills in the sector you are going to struggle getting a mining job now because you are competing with experienced mine workers,” Elliott said.

Speaking about the incentivised wanted job adverts Elliott explained that it is illegal for any company to take a cash incentive in return for hiring a candidate so the move is “counterintuitive”.

Elliot said those looking for mining employment need to leverage the skills they have.

“You’ve got to go your research and match the skills you’ve got with the jobs that are there.”


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