BHP to hire 1500 workers nation-wide

Mining giant BHP plans to hire 1500 workers across its iron ore, coal and copper operations to help ease significant job losses expected from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Australian is reporting that with the health crisis triggering partial shutdowns of the economy and warnings of mass lay-offs, BHP said the new roles would initially be offered as six-month contracts amid fears the jobless rate could hit close to 8 per cent by the end of the year, the highest since the late 1990s.

The jobs include machinery and production operators, truck and ancillary equipment drivers, excavator operators, diesel mechanics boilermakers, trades assistants, electricians, cleaner and warehouse role across iron ore, coal and copper operations in WA, Queensland, NSW and South Australia.

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BHP has also announced it will reduce payment terms for small, local and Indigenous businesses to support communities during the coronavirus pandemic, by immediately paying outstanding invoices, quickly delivering more than $100 million to its small business partners. BHP will also reduce payment terms from 30 days to seven days for more than 1100 small Australian businesses.

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