Jobs peak due as Bechtel hunts for 500 workers on Curtis

CONSTRUCTION work on Curtis Island is just months from reaching a peak workforce, as Bechtel pushes to hire about 500 more skilled workers across the three LNG developments.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said worker numbers at the construction giant have swelled to 9000.

The company has already cleared previously forecast peak worker numbers, and they're still hiring, with a new campaign targeting skilled workers across a range of roles.

"We currently have about 9000 people working across the projects and expect this number to grow as we bring on skilled workers in vital areas such as special class welders, electricians, fitters, riggers and instrument technicians," Mr Berg said.

"These are highly skilled trades and we have begun our search throughout Queensland as well as other eastern states in Australia."

It's believed about 500 of these roles need to be filled, and Mr Berg said local people with the right skills would be given priority for the jobs.

"Our local recruitment has been extremely successful with more than 4500 locals (51% of our workforce) working across the projects today," he said.

He said about 88% of Bechtel employees were from Queensland.

He also said no trade-worker roles were being filled with international workers on 457 visas.

"Our recruitment strategy is to employ locally first, then regionally, state-wide and further afield if required," he said.

"We go to a lot of effort to ensure all our employees have the skills required so we can keep these projects to schedule."



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