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    The money is great, but in my experience it really helps to know the right people. DH, his Dad and his brother all work in the industry and the only reason DH got into it was because his Dad helped. DH is a crane driver/rigger and doesn't have a degree. He was found it very hard to get work in WA though. Even with his Dad and brother working there. He has applied for numerous projects and never hears anything. They make it impossible to contact them as well, because they do everything online now. It's a case of "don't call us, we'll call you". It really seems like it is a bit of a closed shop out there, and a massive boys' club - the jobs are all going to mates and relatives - because the money is so good, even for labourers and cleaners, everybody wants their friend/relo to get them a job.

    Anyway, DH reckons he is happy to work close to home right now, which is good for us. Having a husband doing FIFO when you have small children is not fun. But when the money is so good, you rationalise that it is worth it in the long run.

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    My ex apparently works in the mines, not in WA though. He didn't need experience. He drives trucks there or something.

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    My DH works in a coal mine locally (south coast nsw) and the money isnt quite as good as remote mining. But something to consider beyond 'danger money' and conditions is living expenses. Rent, bread, milk, taxis etc are so much more in towns where miners tend to live (like mt isa) and mining camps have a culture of alcohol and gambling so are often expensive in thay way (especially so for single men without the family back home to be working for!). FI/FO advertised salaries normally include the travel costs and board, so the 'in pocket' wage isnt as good as it looks on paper. And the FIFO bases tend to be the closest city..eg if you live in NSW but work in WA you normally need to pay your perth-sydney leg which ia exxy. It all depends on what company you work for!

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    My ex husband still works in the mines. Its horrible hours unless your young single and family free.

    if you have a family, it can wreck a relationship. We saw ex for a few hrs a week.

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    It most definitely is not for everyone. The wife and I have been a FIFO family for about 5 years now, and we had our first bub almost a year ago. It's definitely been harder since bub came along, but we still make it work and it doesn't hurt our relationship. If anything, it makes us stronger as a couple. This isn't the case for everyone, and each person in the situation needs to be highly independent and have a good support network.

    Having 10 full days at home every few weeks is pretty great though, and my roster is crap compared to most.

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    Default How do you get a job in the mines?

    Def agree it helps to know people! Hubby found it easier to get in because when he worked in the city he would get sent up to different sites to teach courses so he got good references that way.

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    Default Re: How do you get a job in the mines?

    Easy, it's WHO you know, not what you know.

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    Default How do you get a job in the mines?

    Hubby is now in the mines, we also moved. We live 2.5hrs from the mine. He does the life style roster 5 days on 4 days off 4 days on 5 days off. It's great. We both love it and he loves what he does.

    He is on the maintenance crew (carpenter with loads of tickets) he does 12hr days and then has dinner in the mess, accommodation with own ensuit and has a gym etc.

    Money is really good and the kids see a lot more of him because of his roster. There are still plenty of jobs available.

    But again as I said years ago in this thread, it's more who you know, not what you know.

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    Default How do you get a job in the mines?

    DH is in a local mine, he is an electrician. Can get fed jobs with no experience/trade though, it is hard and I agree with the 'who you know not what you know'. We are very lucky as he only does weekend nights so is off all week and yes it is good money. We are looking to buy our first home just on his income as I'm on mat leave. It is a hard environment though and we have found that its a place that allows bullying and harassment/discrimination quite a lot. I also have to worry about the dangers for him but its what he wanted to do. It would be alot harder in a FIFO situation.


 

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