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Inside the chaotic life of a beautiful FIFO mine worker who now earns more than $2,400 per week (AFTER tax) after quitting her job as a flight attendant, as she discloses her favourite part of the job.

A British woman has revealed how she is making the most of her time in Australia as a fly-in-fly-out worker in the mines.

Megan Meeke, a 27-year-old former Virgin Atlantic flight attendant, earns $2,400 a week after taxes from her FIFO work in Western Australia’s Pilbara mining region, where she enjoys stunning sunsets every day.

Man and woman working in an open-pit

Her schedule, known as a’swing,’ requires her to work 14 days straight before taking a day off.

Then, at least once a month, she boards a plane to see another part of Australia or to party in opulent resort destinations like the Maldives, Dubai, and Thailand.

Then, at least once a month, she boards a plane to see another part of Australia or to party in opulent resort destinations such as the Maldives, Dubai, and Thailand (Ms Meeke is pictured above in Dubai).

The former Virgin Airlines flight attendant arrived in Australia in 2019 and attempted many occupations to fund her travels before landing on fly-in-fly-out mining employment.

Ms Meeke, on the other hand, earns every moment of her lovely vacation by working 12 to 14-hour days in Australia’s mines before fainting in her tiny on-site room.

‘It is undoubtedly a demanding profession, but it is also a fantastic lifestyle if you want to travel the world and earn incredible money,’ she told a News Channel Australia.

‘FIFO is something I highly suggest, especially if you’re young and want to travel; you earn excellent money and have a terrific lifestyle!’

‘You work hard for two weeks, then you take a week off to travel to another country or explore more of Australia, then you go back to work, work hard, earn a lot of money, and travel again.’

She has visited Bali, Croatia, Mexico, America, and Thailand, as well as Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Dubai, and Singapore since arriving in Australia.

The money is the finest part about FIFO employment, she says.

Ms Meeke, on the other hand, earns every moment of her lovely vacation by working 12 to 14 hour days in Australia’s mines before fainting in her tiny on-site room (Pictured, Ms Meeke on holiday in the Maldives)

She gets $2,400 per week after taxes, but only for a gruelling 77-hour work week.

She claims that the mines help with ‘fatigue management’ and provide other perks in addition to decent compensation.

‘Everything is paid for when you are up on site for those two weeks – housing (called ‘dongas,’ all your food, drinks, snacks – everything.’

‘They also have game nights, bingo, gyms, pools, and everything you could possibly need!’ And it’s all completely free. I haven’t been to the gym since I’m too exhausted after the day.’

Ms Meeke also mentioned that, despite working, she gets to see the beautiful sunsets.

‘Normally, I’m in the Pilbara region, where the sunsets are 10/10 every evening.’

Aside from the long hours, Ms Meeke’s most difficult challenge is being away for so long and missing family and friends back in the UK.

‘It can be difficult to miss my companion, Dylan, at times.

‘He works FIFO as well. But we don’t always collaborate.’

She claims they met while on vacation in Jamaica in 2019 and have since travelled the world together.

Ms Meekes is also expanding her horizons as a travel blogger, with her own self-published ‘So You Wanna Travel’ blog and e-books.

‘I was in a hotel for 12 days and started thinking about how I could help others travel and have the confidence to pack their bags and see the world,’ she explained.

‘That’s when I came up with the idea of “So You Wanna Travel,” which I enjoy doing. I also have a private Facebook group for everyone who buys an e-book, so we can all support each other with travel advice.’

One of the most difficult aspects of FIFO employment is being away from family and friends for extended periods of time, including her partner Dylan (Pictured, Megan Meeke and Dylan Murray)

She began her Australian trip in 2019 by working in a backpackers on Queensland’s Gold Coast, followed by three months of farm labour at a’very popular busy bar’ in Surfers Paradise.

However, in 2022, FIFO job became her primary emphasis, which she plans to maintain for the time being.

The $120,000 job that requires NO experience – but bosses still can’t find workers. So could you handle it?

Thousands of unskilled positions paying up to $120,000 per year are likely to become accessible, but the catch is that people who are unprepared for the demanding lifestyle will fail at a high rate.

High prices and increased production are driving job growth in the iron ore and gold mining industries.

Salaries for mining sector graduates in Western Australia increased by 27% in 2021, however it now appears that even untrained workers can make six figures from the latest mining boom.

The gold mining industry is most active in Western Australia, but there are also mines in outback New South Wales and western Queensland. The rising Australian gold price is also fuelling employee demand.

Thousands of unskilled positions paying up to $120,000 per year are likely to become accessible, but the catch is that people who are unprepared for the demanding lifestyle will fail at a high rate.

Underground Training educator Andrew Knight believes that new jobs will be available across 120 WA mines mining everything from gold, zinc, nickel, copper, uranium, and lead.

Exports of components for phones, batteries, and computers fuel demand for these minerals.

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Truck drivers and unskilled ‘nippers’ or ‘gofers’ (who drive people throughout a mine site) typically earn between $350 and $550 per day.

‘A skilled nipper in the Kalgoorlie area can earn up to $550 per day,’ Mr Knight said.

Before taxes, this equates to about $95,000 and $120,000 per year.

It doesn’t take long for those interested in mining employment to get to highly-paid positions that pay substantially above average.

Underground Training educator Andrew Knight expects that new jobs will be available across 120 WA locations mining everything from gold, zinc, nickel, copper, uranium, and lead.

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Damage to an underground mining vehicle can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Equipment failure can ruin an operation.

The mining sector pays handsomely for both unskilled and skilled labour.

Many employees advance to’service crew’ posts after six to twelve months, earning up to $650 per day, or $154,700 per year.

Mr Knight estimates that about a quarter of the crews are female.

People new to mining will typically start as drivers or gofers for at least six months to a year, working two weeks straight before taking a week off.

Mr Knight reminds out that 12-hour shifts and 14-day work weeks are “industry standard,” which may surprise those who “go in green.”

‘If they aren’t trained before they start, the failure rate is roughly three out of five people.’

‘If they show up to a mining site without training, it’s sink or swim.’ Many people perish.’

Mr Andrews believes that, aside from the long hours and physically rigorous job, the most difficult aspect for newcomers is the pressure.

‘For many people, this will be the most time-consuming job they’ve ever had.

‘Downtime in the mining business is measured in tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour,’ he explained.

Making mistakes has much more serious repercussions.

Damage to an underground mining vehicle can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Equipment failure can ruin an operation.

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Mr Knight explained that when a rope broke on a haulage shaft at a large South Australian mine, they couldn’t take anything out for three months and it cost them $300 million to $400 million.

‘There’s not a lot of therapy that goes on if you can’t get up to speed quickly enough,’ he acknowledges.

‘You’ll most likely receive the window seat in the van, which means you’ll get one last glance at the mine as you drive away. It signifies you’ve been fired.’

People are dismissed every day at every mine for failing to keep up, he claims.

If you can hang on for a few of years, your salary will skyrocket – even if you don’t have a degree.

After about two years, rapid learners can advance to’mid-tier’ positions such as boggers (driving underground loaders) and charge-up operators (loading explosives). Depending on hours, this can pay between $160,000 and $200,000 per year.

Diamond drillers earn slightly less, but at least $800 per day, doing exploratory drilling for new sites.

Jumbo operators, who bore holes for explosives and install roof and ground support, are the next level of work.

Jumbo operators can make up to $2,000 per day.

In addition, experienced miners can study for a shift supervisor’s ticket before becoming foremen.

According to Mr Knight, Australian mine supervisors are in high demand and can earn up to $40,000 per month in some overseas mines.

While iron ore has historically been a large employer, it is believed that traineeships in that sector, which typically start about $75,000, may not result in long-term employment.

Truck driving in iron ore is one of the key entry-level career opportunities, as it is in all mining, but iron ore miners are switching to driverless trucks by 2024, which means many of those positions may be lost.

Recent data from BDO Australia’s Remsmart nationwide survey of the natural resources industry in June revealed that existing pay increased by 12 to 15% in several trades.

According to BDO, mining graduates’ annual earnings have risen from $85,000 to $90,000 to as much as $110,000 in the last five years.

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