1 08, 2017

Management Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Temporary Workers

By |August 1st, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on Management Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Temporary Workers

Temporary employees – or temps as they’re commonly known – come in a number of different forms that include on-hired workers (labour hire workers), contract workers, and direct-hire temps. Once you’ve decided to add temporary workers to your workforce, you will need to manage them effectively to ensure that you get the most out of them. Managing temporary workers can be quite challenging as the rules and expectations differ significantly from those for managing permanent employees. With temps, you will need to figure out how to keep employees who will be working for you for a short duration of time interested, motivated, and excited about their job. Because of the short tenures of temporary employees, many managers assume that they do not need to tend to them as they would their permanent employees. And while there’s some degree of truth to this notion, it does not mean that you should [...]

14 07, 2017

BCP – WA Monthly News Roundup – June 2016

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Perth Stadium footbridge to be constructed in WA, a boom in engineering jobs indicates an activity surge in the mining sector, Superior Gold Project gets government approval and a rise in WA’s minimum wage; all in our WA monthly news round up. Perth Stadium’s footbridge to be built locally creating 250 jobs The Perth Stadium footbridge will now be built in Western Australia after the original contract with Toyota Tsusho was cancelled due to lengthy delays. The Premier Mr McGowan said the arch components as well as the bridge’s steel deck, which were originally meant to be fabricated in Malaysia, would now be built locally. This new arrangement is expected to create about 250 jobs in WA, but at an increased cost of $83 million up from the previous quote of $70 million – a $13 million jump. A new completion deadline of March 2018 has also been given to [...]

13 07, 2017

Employee Of The Month: Jordan Doogue

By |July 13th, 2017|Blue Collar People News, Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on Employee Of The Month: Jordan Doogue

Jordan has been working for Blue Collar People for the last 12 months as a construction labourer and trade assistant while also focusing on his hobby of furniture making using recycled timber and steel. He is very reliable, motivated and always represents Blue Collar People in a professional manner. We also received a complimentary letter from one of our clients thanking Jordan for his quiet, competent and friendly manner while completing maintenance work at a retirement village. We asked him a few questions about his role and love his answer to what he finds most challenging! Brief Description of duties: Construction and trade assisting; demolition; maintenance; and general labour hire. Employment length: About a year here at Blue Collar What do you enjoy about your role: Our clients represent most aspects of the construction industry, and so I am regularly exposed to a variety of trades, projects, and people that I [...]

16 05, 2017

BCP – WA Monthly News Roundup, April 2017

By |May 16th, 2017|About Perth, WA, Labour Industry News|Comments Off on BCP – WA Monthly News Roundup, April 2017

Iron ore mine at Koolan Island set to reopen after seawall rebuild, $2.3 billion worth of projects for WA over the next two years, and work to upgrade Perth Airport to commence soon; all in our WA monthly news round-up.   Koolan Island’s iron ore mine set to reopen Mount Gibson Iron has recently revealed plans to restart production at their Koolan Island mine. Mining operations are expected to resume after the company rebuilds a collapsed seawall that protects the mine at a cost of nearly $100 million. This is welcome news in West Kimberly, where a string of mine closures in recent years have resulted in hundreds of job losses. The planned revival of the mine (which will include construction of a new seawall) is expected to take 2 years creating 80 jobs during the initial stages, and 315 jobs once mining operations commence. Construction of the new seawall [...]

6 05, 2017

Labour Hire Costs Vs Benefits

By |May 6th, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on Labour Hire Costs Vs Benefits

In business, labour needs are always changing. A business may be overstaffed today and then become understaffed just a week later without any changes being made to the employee roster. There’re two common reasons why labour needs keep changing in companies. These are: –    Worker absences. Your employees will sometimes miss work due to reasons such as illness, maternity and annual leaves. This creates labour shortfalls without the number of employees on your payroll changing. –    Fluctuating demand for your product. When demand is high, your production needs will increase making your current labour force inadequate for operations. A fall in demand for products, on the other hand, will result in reduced production and hence you’ll have a problem of excess employees. Since permanent workers cannot be hired and let go on a very short time scale easily, temporary workers are hired to fill any short-term labour shortfalls that arise. [...]

27 04, 2017

2016 AIM Salary Survey – Summary & Stats

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The 2016 National Salary Survey, conducted by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), shows that the Australian living standard is under more pressure than it has ever been with a falling wage growth compared to inflation. The survey found the overall salary movement to be at +3% – the lowest reported growth rate since 2012. Over the four years to 2016, growth has cumulatively dropped by about 1.1%. This trend is expected to continue in 2017, especially in Western Australia and Queensland regions that have been heavily affected by the mining downturn. The sectors that saw the most sluggish pay increases were manufacturing and construction with retail, business, and finance industries also under threat from the decrease. Other key findings from the survey The survey also revealed that: Employees who left their jobs did so 81.9% of the time to look for a new challenge, 56.5% of the time to [...]

20 04, 2017

Fill Sick Days with Temporary Labour

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Everyone falls sick from time to time, and your employees are no exception. Whether it’s just a case of the common cold or a work-related injury, a significant proportion of your workforce is bound to take sick days throughout the year to get treatment or recuperate after an injury. The time it takes for an employee to get back to work depends on the problem and could range anywhere between a few days and a couple of months. The longer the employee is sick and out of work, the more impactful their absence will be to the day-to-day operations of the business. Impact of sickness absence to your business Unlike annual leave and maternity leave which are predictable, allowing you time to make the necessary preparations, employee absences due to sickness are abrupt and impossible to plan for. They can put your business in a difficult situation due to the [...]

20 04, 2017

BCP – WA Monthly News Wrap-up – April 2017

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Western Areas to move forward with plans to expand its mining operations in the Agnew Wiluna belt, Carnegie Clean Energy set to build a solar farm in Northam, Karrinyup and Garden City shopping centres to receive a $1.4 billion expansion, and the Roe 8 row continues with hundreds of jobs in the balance; all in our monthly news roundup. Western Areas mine expansion Nickel miner Western Areas has announced that it will be proceeding with plans to develop a new deposit at its Cosmos project at a cost of $190 million to $210 million. The Odysseus deposit is expected to have an initial mine life of about 7.5 years and produce 12,000 tonnes of nickel in concentrate per year on average. This currently undeveloped nickel deposit is part of the Cosmos project in the Agnew Wiluna belt, an operation that was acquired from Glencore by Western Areas in 2015 at [...]

17 04, 2017

Current Unemployment Stats For Perth

By |April 17th, 2017|Labour Industry News|0 Comments

Unemployment rate as a percentage among workforce-eligible 15-24 year olds for February 2017 (Released 23 March 2017) WA 12.2% Greater Perth 12.9% Mandurah 19.1% Perth – Inner 8.1% Perth – NE 13.3% Perth – NW 13.0% Perth – SE 11.4% Perth – SW 15.6% Bunbury 8.0% WA Outback 6.7% WA Wheatbelt 18.1% Rest of WA 9.4% Source: Labour Market Information Portal ( And: TIPS TO GET A JOB Consider increasing your skills, retrain or find a training path that will lead you to a job. If its experience your CV is lacking, put your hand up for volunteer work. When applying for jobs, make sure you get someone to read over your CV and cover letters to check the spelling and grammar before you send it. If you are offered an interview, do your research on the business before your appointment. Get an understanding of the business. Clean up your [...]

24 03, 2017

Labour Hire Insurance – How Does That Work?

By |March 24th, 2017|Labour Hire FAQs|Comments Off on Labour Hire Insurance – How Does That Work?

No matter the number of precautions we take, accidents are bound to happen from time to time. Such is the nature of running a business. Most accidents in a business will involve workers – they could get injured while on the job, cause damage to work equipment, or accidentally cause injury to co-workers or members of the public. Compensations for this kind of accidents are often quite costly and could put a major dent in a business’ finances. That is why it is prudent to get insurance cover for your employees to mitigate the effects of this kind of occurrence. Some types of insurance covers are also compulsory (by law) to have for workers working for your business. So who is responsible for worker insurance in a labour hire arrangement? Insurance obligations for a labour hire company When your business uses on-hired labour for its operations, your labour hire company [...]

13 03, 2017

WA Monthly News Wrap-up – February 2017

By |March 13th, 2017|Blue Collar People News, Labour Industry News|Comments Off on WA Monthly News Wrap-up – February 2017

WA Monthly News Wrap-up Western Australia’s Unemployment falls further in the month of January, Mt Morgans gold project to begin development with Dacian Gold in the process of awarding EPC, and a positive sign for the economy with the first growth in nearly two years; all in our WA monthly news roundup. Further easing of WA unemployment rate The unemployment rate in January eased to 6.5% from the previous rate of 6.6% in December. The modest improvement came despite a drop in the seasonally adjusted measure of full-time employment, which had indicated signs of increasing in the past few months. Men were the biggest winners in the latest statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics with their unemployment rate dropping to 6%. The figure stood at 6.8% just two months ago. The story was, however, not so good for women with their jobless rate increasing to 7% to stand [...]

8 03, 2017

How Trades Labour Hire Can Help Your Business

By |March 8th, 2017|Employee / Staff Management, Labour Hire FAQs|Comments Off on How Trades Labour Hire Can Help Your Business

Having high-quality tradespeople for your business is not something that you can afford to take lightly. This is because the quality of the people you have on the ground can determine whether an operation succeeds or fails. Hiring the best tradies for your mining, manufacturing or construction business is, therefore, one of the most important things you will need to do to ensure that your business thrives. But labour recruitment is not as straightforward as it sounds. It’s a complex exercise that requires well-developed processes and experience to ensure that only the most qualified and suited workers are brought on board. The complex nature of recruitment is what makes a lot of businesses across all industries struggle to bring in the best talent. With labour hire, however, you can effectively outsource the recruitment function to professionals and concentrate on your core work. The labour hire company will handle all the [...]

28 02, 2017

BCP – Monthly News Wrap Up Western Australia, January 2017

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A slight fall in WA’s unemployment rate, Pilbara slated to get a new $5.6 billion iron ore mine, and we look at the WA property market and how lucrative it is for investors; all in our WA monthly news round up. A slight improvement in WA’s unemployment rate Recently released figures show that the state’s unemployment rate went down in December to 6.6% from 6.9% the previous month. The national rate for the same period rose to 5.8% putting WA above the national average. This was the second highest unemployment rate in the country after South Australia. Mike Nahan, the treasurer, pointed out that the two states that had the lowest unemployment rates – NSW and Victoria – were selling assets to create jobs through infrastructural projects. He added that the planned public sale of Western Power would also help reduce WA’s unemployment as the $3 billion proceeds from the [...]

12 01, 2017

WA Monthly News Roundup – December 2016

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Government to give $5,000 more to first home buyers in a bid to boost the economy, WA’s largest solar power plant gets the green light, and Roy Hill’s plan to increase its workforce by up to 600; all this in our WA monthly news wrap-up. Sun Brilliance to build WA’s largest solar plant Image from source The Mid-West Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel has given the go-ahead for the construction of a 100MW solar power plant in the Wheatbelt region outside Cunderdin, 158 km east of Perth. The project, which has slipped slightly from its initial timeline, will commence in April this year and will cost about $160 million dollars. The project’s construction phase is expected to create about 150 jobs with 8 – 10 full-time jobs created during operation. (Source: Roy Hill to increase its workforce by up to 600 Image from source According [...]

21 12, 2016

Merry Christmas And A Happy And Safe New Year

By |December 21st, 2016|Blue Collar People News|Comments Off on Merry Christmas And A Happy And Safe New Year

I cannot believe how quickly 2016 has gone by with only about one week left in the year. I would like to thank all of Blue Collar People’s customers for their support throughout the year and also to all of our employees both in the office and in the field for their hard work and dedication. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year in 2017. I am quite looking forward to 2017 as it will be the start of our Blue Collar People’s 27th year in business, right here in Perth. Warm and Kind Regards Fernando Ortiz Managing Director Blue Collar People  

10 12, 2016

WA Monthly News Wrap-up – November

By |December 10th, 2016|Blue Collar People News, Labour Industry News|Comments Off on WA Monthly News Wrap-up – November

The government announces plans to sell Western Power, a nod for Civmec’s $196m wastewater project, and construction of Perth Airport rail line kicks off: all in our monthly news roundup from around WA. Sale of Western Power announced Image source: Premier Colin Barnett recently announced a controversial plan to sell state-owned Western Power. The transaction, which is expected to generate $11 billion, will see the government sell 51 percent of the power company with the rest being floated on the public stock exchange. The majority of the proceeds from the sale (expected to happen in late 2017 to early 2018) will be used to pay down debt, with the remaining amount (about $3 billion) being allocated to a “next generation account.” The account will be used to invest in schools, tafes and infrastructural projects as well as improving power supply in country areas. Mr Barnet during the announcement, stated [...]

6 12, 2016

Differences Between A Recruitment Company and A Labour Hire Firm

By |December 6th, 2016|Employee / Staff Management|0 Comments

What is a Recruitment company? How recruitment companies work > Benefits of using a recruitment company > About Labour hire firms > The benefits of labour hire to businesses > What is the best option for your business?  Aspects of a great recruiter > At first glance, a labour hire firm and labour hire recruitment company might look quite similar in what they do, but examine their roles more closely, and significant differences will emerge. They might be in the same line of business – that of providing labour to businesses – but the way they go about it is fundamentally different. While both companies are experienced recruiters that aim to simplify the often long, odious and expensive process of hiring new workers, understanding how each operates is crucial to ensuring that you chose the right one for your staffing needs. To help you differentiate between a labour hire and recruitment [...]

7 11, 2016

BCP – WA Monthly News Roundup, Oct 2016

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A Mega station for Perth Stadium, reprieve for more than 700 people working in the BP Kwinana Refinery, and WA retains its spot as the place for resource investments: all in our monthly WA news roundup. 30,000 capacity station for Perth Stadium Image from The WA government will be putting up a $358 million mega station at Perth Stadium in a move to encourage punters to visit the facility using public transport. This will be one of the biggest stations in the state, second only to the Perth Station. When complete (somewhere in the middle of next year), the station will have the capacity to transport 28,000 people within an hour after an event. This will be one of the methods used to transport masses to and from the 60,000 capacity stadium. Works are expected to cause interruptions on the Armadale and Thornlie lines for about 17 [...]

30 10, 2016

BCP Joins The Local Government Supervisors Association of WA Inc.

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The Directors of Blue Collar People are very pleased to announce that Blue Collar People has been welcomed as a Corporate member of the Local Government Supervisors Association of Western Australia INC (LGSA). We look forward to being a part of the LGSA and working with them, assisting them and Local Government with the provision of temp workers and in any other way that we possibly can. The LGSA is a not-for-profit association that aims to provide a central organisation for Supervisory Officers within Local Government. They provide professional and personal development, member services, an annual State Conference and Trade Exhibition for Supervisors, Works Officers and Member Councils in WA. The association is composed of members from different local authorities within the state. These supervisory officers oversee and are involved in the construction, development and maintenance of reserves, roads, reticulation, drainage, workshops and machinery, waste and recycling, and water management. [...]

25 10, 2016

Work Tip: Benefits Of Drinking Water At Work

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It’s common knowledge that the majority of our body weight is made up of water – about 60% to be precise. The human body is heavily reliant on water to function properly as it helps carry nutrients to body cells and flush out toxins from vital organs. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that drinking water (in addition to keeping you alive) also makes you more productive at work! “How?” you ask. Reasons to stay hydrated at work Other than improving your general well-being, keeping hydrated at work helps you to be more productive in the following ways: Increased energy. Dehydration causes weakness and fatigue which will make you very sluggish and devoid of the mental and physical energy you require to work. Dehydration is especially common in jobs that require a lot of movement which causes sweating. Drinking water regularly during your workday ensures that you [...]