Abstract: “Currently there is much discussion about the retention of mine professionals within the mining industry. There is also concern about the difficulties of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) as a prolonged lifestyle. In the last issue of the AusIMM Bulletin, Terry and Sherryl Potts recounted a personal view of FIFO which raised a lot of the key issues. From a business point of view, employee turnover is costly to mine operations, with some researchers estimating the cost of replacing professionals at 150 per cent of annual salary or more (Tziner and Birati 1996). Recently the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) and the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC) released a research report on employee turnover at FIFO mines in Australia - Workforce Turnover in FIFO Mining Operations in Australia: An Exploratory Study (Beach, Brereton and Cliff 2003). Many of the findings in this report are relevant to the discussions about FIFO and the retention of mining professionals.” (2003: 1).
Notes: "This paper featured in the AusIMM Bulletin 2003 Sept/Oct 2003 (5) 64-65"