Nathan Tinkler-backed Whitehaven Coal is targeting the UK to source employees and unions say the new workers could earn around $140,000 on the Maules Creek and Boggabri mines.
The Newcastle Herald reports Whitehaven managing director Tony Haggarty said the UK had numerous coal mines with uncertain futures, and the workers could be attractive to Australian companies.
According to The Newcastle Herald Haggarty said Whitehaven was looking to hire lots of new workers and “hopefully” many of the new roles would be sourced locally.
The new workers will be construction workers pushing to build site expansions while demand from China remains strong.
Whitehaven says it expects first coal production at the Maules Creek project in the Gunnedah Basin to commence halfway through 2013.