10 10, 2017

BCP Monthly News Roundup for WA Oct 2017

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Take off in the resources sector creates a jobs boom, Evolution agrees on a deal to sell the Edna May gold mine, and the $456 million Nova mine officially opens; all in our WA monthly news roundup. Jobs boom as resources take off A jobs bonanza is about to begin with thousands of operational and construction jobs forecasted from at least 15 mining projects. Although the resource sector has been ailing for the past couple of years, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy claims that confidence is finally back. The resurgence charge is being led by iron ore projects, a commodity whose price has risen from $US31.50 a tonne in January to $US75 by the end of September. Lithium – the key ingredient in batteries that power electric vehicles – has also contributed significantly to the ongoing recovery in the resources sector. Even if the recently announced increase in gold [...]

21 09, 2017

Why Should You Hire Workers From a Labour Hire Agency?

By |September 21st, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|0 Comments

Have you ever considered hiring a temporary worker from a Labour Hire  Company? If not, there are many reasons why you should consider these temporary skilled workers as a great way to gain additional employees as needed for your business: Hiring staff is a big job. When business owners or managers find that they need to increase their workforce to meet sudden business demand, an excellent option is to look at using a labour hire company to help them to find those workers. These workers are employed with the labour hire agency and then hired out to the client business.  Finding the right people to fill a job is extremely time consuming. From posting the job to interviewing applicants, the entire process can take weeks or months, and does not always guarantee that the right applicant will be found. Since the time of executives, supervisors and managers is precious, being [...]

11 09, 2017

Blue Collar People WA Monthly News Roundup – Sept 2017

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Hundreds of jobs at risk as nickel mine closes, the Premier commits $120 million for the Ocean Reef Marina project, and construction works begin for a $150 million shopping centre near Perth Airport; all in our monthly news wrap-up. Nickel mine closure puts hundreds of jobs at risk First Quantum Minerals has announced that it will be closing its Ravensthorpe nickel operation citing persistently low nickel prices as the reason for its decision. First Quantum had bought the operation from BHP, who sold it before it even started producing any nickel, in the hopes that nickel prices would resurge. First Quantum has been, reportedly, looking for a buyer for the mine over the past year but has not been successful. The Canadian firm in a statement said that discussions with its workforce and contractors would begin soon in order to have the mine in care and maintenance by October. This [...]

7 09, 2017

History Of Labour Hire In Australia

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In the beginning While the term “labour hire” is relatively new in Australia, the concept of labour hire has been around for quite a while now. The use of companies and agencies specialising in the provision and supply of workers to client organisations and companies can be dated as far back as the 1950s. “Temping agencies” have for a long time been providing workers to help companies cope with temporary employee absences and fluctuations in demand. At their emergence, these “primitive” labour hire agencies only provided temps for administrative, clerical and other white collar positions – roles that generally needed nothing more than standard administrative and secretarial skills to perform. The 70s to 90s Over the years, these firms slowly but steadily grew as the labour arrangement became increasingly popular with many businesses and organisations. It was not until the 1970s and 1980s, however, that labour hire really begun to [...]

28 08, 2017

How to Keep Your Temps Happy

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..and thereby getting the best out of them when they are working for you How does a labour hire company help with paperwork for hiring temps?  How do you keep your temps happy? When you need the right staff to help you get work done, you may need them for a special project or to replace someone on a temporary basis. Temporary labour is a great way to fill the gap and to ensure that you have a large amount of skilled workers to complete the work you need to have done. What about training and paperwork? When you need to hire and train new employees, it can take up a lot of time and company resources. If you choose a labour hire agency they will ensure that the employees that are sent to you are ready for your specific requirements, and have some familiarity with your company. You will [...]

1 08, 2017

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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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