The research for this thesis is an examination of various Byrnecut fly-in/fly-out operations within Australia focusing upon factors that effect employee turnover. Fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) mining came to prominence in Australia over 20 years ago primarily for short-term/ low-tonnage/ high grade operations. More recently FIFO has been adopted by larger long term operations.
A survey was developed that focused upon factors that would influence Byrnecut employees to change employers, their opinions of what they believe would reduce staff turnover and the quality of current accommodation on site. The survey was then sent to Byrnecut sites across Australia. 123 employees responded from 5 of Byrnecut’s fly-in/ fly-out operations within Australia. The information gathered from these surveys has provided a valuable insight into quality of life and the tenure of employment with Byrnecut in comparison to time within the mining industry.
The results of the survey show a combined average length of employment within the mining industry for the employees surveyed was 8.8 years with an average of 1.9 years worked with Byrnecut. The major factors that would influence a change of employer include;
• Average earnings for holidays
• Larger superannuation contributions
• Family Commitments
• Higher Salary
• Increased job satisfaction