Countless studies across many industries have shown that increased diversity leads to a happier, safer, and more productive workplace.
Mining is the latest industry to discover these positive outcomes, with a recent significant shift in the number of mining jobs for females.
It’s finally happening! This is not a drill! We are seeing a real increase in the number of women in mining. In just four months, we saw female participation rise from 19% to 21%, with this trend set to continue.
The more women in the industry, the better the industry will be for women.
This increase is an encouraging signal that Australian women are starting to see FIFO as an excellent option for a rewarding (and highly paid) career and more mining jobs for females.
In 2021, the average woman in the mining industry was:
From truck drivers to machine operators to engineers to project managers, women are found in many different FIFO roles.
The number of women that have been in the industry for over five years has significantly grown, meaning that the industry is now retaining more female workers, and women are moving up the ranks.
We are also seeing an increase in younger women (25-30 years) without families taking FIFO roles, especially entry-level or non-apprenticeship jobs, with the motivation of wanting to save money and travel.
Wondering if the FIFO lifestyle is suited to women? Research by the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health revealed that women cope with the FIFO lifestyle better than men.
When working away on rural mine sites, women reported less family stress, more family positives, better resilience and better physical and mental health.
As a result, the study concluded that, in general, women’s mental resilience allows them to be safe and more productive on-site.
FIFO has its pros and cons for everyone. However, it’s clear that women tend to find more pros than others and are better at finding ways to make it work for them.
Many women are keen to enter the mining industry and take on a FIFO role but don’t know where to start.
Many entry-level FIFO roles require no experience or qualifications. However, there are also many opportunities to undertake 1-3 year traineeships/apprenticeships and train onsite while getting paid.
Managers are eager to welcome more women into the industry, and many are happy to offer support and mentorships to women serious about advancing their careers in the sector.
To learn more about what your career in mining would look like, check out the A Career with Premium webpage.
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