1000 jobs: The big name that’s still hiring
BHP will hire an estimated 1000 people in Queensland to support its workforce operations across the state.
Nationally the mining giant plans to add 1500 to its workforce.
A spokesman said the vast majority of the jobs, an estimated 1000, would be in Queensland.
The new workers will be offered as six-month contracts and cover a range of skills needed by BHP operations in the short term.
The roles will include machinery and production operators, truck and ancillary equipment drivers, excavator operators, diesel mechanics boilermakers, trades assistants, electricians, cleaners and warehousing roles across our coal, iron ore and copper operations in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia.
"These jobs will support and bolster our existing workforce during this difficult time," the mining giant said.
The jobs will be offered through existing labour hire partners and BHP contracts in each state.
Following the initial six-month contract, BHP will look to offer permanent roles for some of these jobs.
BHP will continue to assess this program and may increase the number of jobs available.
BHP Acting Minerals Australia President Edgar Basto said as part of BHP's social distancing measures it was introducing more small teams with critical skills to work "dynamically across different shifts".
"The Government has said the resources industry is vital in Australia's response to the global pandemic," Mr Basto said.
"We are stepping up and providing jobs and contracts.
"Our suppliers, large and small, play a critical role in supporting our operations.
"It is a tough time for our communities and the economy.
"We must look out for each other as we manage through this together."
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