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posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:46 PM by recruitment USDX   [ updated Sep 20, 2010, 9:26 PM ]
"Santos managing director David Knox admitted a potential lack of workers was an issue. ''The issue of labour is clearly something we have to work hard on,'' he said."

A $100-BILLION gas deal signed yesterday puts Queensland only a step away from 6000 new jobs and $120 million a year in state royalties.

Source: Courier Mail

French oil and gas giant Total paid $860 million to sign on as a 20 per cent partner of Santos's liquefied natural gas project in Gladstone and committed to buying enough gas, along with Malaysian partner Petronas, to help underwrite the $7-billion scheme.

Nationally, unemployment fell from 5.3 per cent to 5.1 per cent. The Santos-Total gas deal was considered a massive shot of confidence for the emerging industry with the 18,000 jobs the four planned projects are expected to generate.

Total's involvement means that the world's fifth biggest oil and gas company had confidence in the project, Deputy Premier Paul Lucas said.

However, Santos managing director David Knox admitted a potential lack of workers was an issue. ''The issue of labour is clearly something we have to work hard on,'' he said.

Companies already are hiking salaries in the mining sector and diesel mechanics are earning up to $50 an hour in Bowen Basin mines while highly skilled engineers are being offered up to $200,000 a year.

Even mining recruitment companies in the resources sector are finding it tough.

''I'd employ a dozen recruiters today if I could find the right people,'' Brisbane-based Talent2 general manager Craig Sneesby said.

He said a perfect storm was developing that would eventuate when the Queensland mining industry and the emerging gas industry started to fight over employees.

''It will be an arm wrestle for talent,'' he said. ''We are right at the tipping point and we have so many customers who are stockpiling staff.''

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