100% fill-rate for a leading Iron Ore producer


SKILLED was the primary supplier of accredited and highly trained rail employees to one of Australia’s largest iron ore producers between 2004 and 2010. We achieved a 100% fill-rate on all orders and with a peak labour workforce of 130 drivers and maintained a high driver retention rate of 85%.

The Challenge

As part of an overall operational and labour review, SKILLED was asked to help transition all existing labour hire employees to permanent, full-time positions in the first half of 2010.

To support our client’s growth plans to support a production increase of about 350m tonnes per annum over the following two to three years, a new labour supply contract and strategic alliance was planned and executed.

The Solution

Recruitment is managed by SKILLED Rail Resource Centre in Perth, with the workforce recruited from across Australia on a Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO), two weeks on, two weeks off roster.

The Rail Resource Centre is responsible for:

  • Recruitment, interviews and induction
  • Conducting medical and ongoing health assessments
  • Coordination of FIFO and accommodation arrangements
  • Management of employee safety and general wellbeing and
  • Delivery of any training as required and or requested through our specialised RTO training unit located in Perth

The Results

SKILLED achieved a 100% fill rate on all orders received with a peak labour workforce of 130 drivers. Driver retention was at a rolling monthly average of 85% with average tenure of 20 months.

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