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Workers lured by €140k jobs Down Under

IRISH construction workers are being lured by lucrative four-year contracts and visas to work on the largest natural gas project in Australia.

Contractors are crying out for high-end construction professionals to relocate Down Under.

This latest round of job offers provide salaries of more than €140,000 and includes flights and visas for individuals and their families.

Australia's largest construction contractor is seeking 100 Irish construction workers for immediate placements -- they could be settled by the new year. JobContax chief Karen McHugh is running the operation in Ireland and said that there are dozens of private and public projects forging ahead in Australia. "Because of the urgency of the situation, they are holding the interviews here to facilitate potential employees," she told the Herald.

"We receive the CVs, we screen them and then send them to our client. The client decides who they want to meet."

Ms McHugh said the Australian employers who have recruited directly from Ireland before have been impressed with the calibre of workers.


"The last time they were here they held interviews from 7am to 7pm," she said. "There were so many good candidates.

"Their senior people are Irish engineers who have established themselves in the companies, so they know they can build up the company with good employees. They will provide you with a list of documents that they need and within four to five weeks you could be on the plane. The previous client held 10 interviews a day over 10 days and 60pc of applicants were made offers within one or two weeks."

Most of those employed so far have been men, Ms McHugh added, but employers are also keen to take on women.

"Most of the women who have been employed were health and safety officers," she said. The latest recruitment drive is focusing on site managers, construction managers, foremen, project managers and site engineers but they will also be hiring mechanical fitters.

JobContax is filling positions for the Aus$43bn Gorgon LNG project and is set to be awarded a recruitment contract on the $16bn Gladstone Project out of Brisbane.