US workers to fill empty Queensland jobs

A US recruitment company is preparing to send skilled miners to Queensland to help companies fill desperately needed mining jobs.

ABC Rural reports Colorado-based Global Job Hunt is hoping to secure three to five contracts for US workers around Mackay and the Bowen Basin.

The first US worker is expected to arrive in the next two or three months, with more to follow targeting the lucrative mining industry and other sectors.

GJH said it was also looking at filling jobs outside the resources sector, with the hospitality and health sectors in rural regions also needing workers.

GJH told ABC Rural the mining boom had caused a "ripple effect" to other industries in mining regions that were short on staff.

Last week a southern Queensland council said it was considering hiring overseas workers and accused the mining industry of "poaching" workers from other sectors.

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