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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
36 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 Our Workforce -- Local jobs -- Local rewards Overall, Whitehaven currently employs more than 600 people and this number is expected to expand to more than 1,000 employees in the next ve years with the development of the Maules Creek open cut mine. More than 80% of these employees reside in north- west NSW, in line with our commitment to maintaining a locally-based workforce. The current number of Whitehaven employees and the council area in which they reside is as follows: WHITEHAVEN WORKFORCE STATISTICS JUNE 2013 Local Government Area/Region of employee residence Number* Overall percentage Gunnedah Shire 252 41% Narrabri Shire 105 17% Tamworth Shire 91 15% Liverpool Plains Shire 65 11% Newcastle/Hunter region 43 7% Sydney 23 4% Queensland 3 0.5% NSW Other 35 6% TOTAL 617 *includes Full Time Equivalent (FTE) contractors Whitehaven is committed to developing and maintaining, wherever possible, a locally-based workforce. We want to ensure that the communities in which we operate gain the bene ts of us being there. The most tangible way to do this is through long-term stable employment. It is extremely important to Whitehaven that our employees live in, and enjoy being part of, the local communities in which we operate -- mainly Narrabri, Gunnedah, Boggabri, Quirindi and Werris Creek. At times our projects will require y-in- y out (FIFO) and/or contractor employment to support our base local employment -- particularly during construction. It is inevitable that we will require a combination of employment options, but we will seek to minimise the size and duration of the FIFO requirements. The underlying intent is to maintain and grow our locally-based workforce through bringing people to the region permanently and providing training to locals. 4 Economic Impacts
Annual Report 2012