The team at Agri Labour Australia has been partnering with meat processing organisations since 2016.

As specialised agriculture recruiters, we’re focused on connecting our growing client base in this sector with suitable candidates with a proven track record of reliability and transferrable skills.

Candidates for all commodities and locations

Our recruiters regularly place suitable candidates on our books in permanent and short-term roles at meat processing facilities specialising in the manufacture of pork, beef, poultry and lamb products.

While our meat processing clients generally have more long-term than short-term positions available, they do experience intensive periods where short-term meat processing staff are required.

From south-east Queensland to greater Sydney and country Victoria, Agri Labour Australia places candidates in meat processing jobs around the country.

Compliance implications of an international workforce

With a large percentage of international workers making up the workforce in the meat processing industry, the correct management of visas and rates of pay is critical.

Clients must ensure candidates have the right to work and that the right industrial agreements are in place.

Vaccinations and health precautions

Another matter of compliance is checking that all staff have been vaccinated against Q Fever to prevent serious public health issues.

Q Fever is a severe, flu-like illness that is spread to humans from animals (usually sheep, goats and cattle) via the inhalation of contaminated dust particles.

To improve HSE outcomes in agriculture, Agri Labour Australia makes every effort to indoctrinate candidates in safe work practices before they report for duty.

Why clients prefer working with Agri Labour Australia

When it comes to meat processing recruitment, we understand the specific requirements of the roles assigned.

We use industry leading cloud-based software to manage all visa and industrial relations compliance requirements to give clients 100 per cent confidence.

To find the right candidates, we draw on various people streams and our national and international footprint. This allows us to reach staff that other recruitment agencies cannot.

Why work with an experienced meat processing recruiter?

When placing candidates in meat processing roles, our recruiters first look for previous experience working in a similar environment. The conditions found in meat processing facilities are unique and not for everyone.

For this reason, it’s critical that the recruitment team in charge of placing meat processing staff understand the inherent requirements of the job. If this is not the case and incorrect hiring decisions are made, meat processing employers may experience high staff turnover rates, increased training costs and heightened safety risks.

Recruiters must accurately assess the physical attributes of each candidate against the specific tasks they’ll be required to carry out. This will ensure successful candidates have the physical ability to perform their duties effectively and minimise the risk of workplace injury.

A snapshot of working conditions

All candidates should be aware of the reality of meat processing conditions. For example, most work is done indoors in a controlled temperature environment. While conditions are improving, there are still meat carcasses on display, which means blood and organs are in plain sight.

Facilities generally have large processing lines with a high volume of staff working shoulder to shoulder. It’s a multicultural environment with everyone working at a fast pace. Automation and mobile machinery are prevalent.

Meat processing roles we recruit for

Common meat processing roles we are enlisted to fill include:

  • Boners
  • Slicers
  • Slaughtermen
  • Retail butchers
  • Meat processing team leaders
  • Process workers
  • Meat packers
  • Quality assurance officers
  • Meat graders
  • Knife hands
  • Machinery operators
  • General labourers
  • Food production attendants
  • Commercial cleaners
  • Production managers
  • Operations managers
  • Maintenance technicians

We understand what clients are looking for

Our clients in search of quality meat processing staff are primarily looking for experience, the ability to work well in tough indoor conditions, their capacity to meet production KPIs and a willingness to adapt to changing consumer demands.

Through effective recruitment practices, Agri Labour Australia is able to fulfil client briefs and exceed expectations when candidates commence employment.

The top 5 traits our meat processing clients value in a candidate are:

  1. Reliability
  2. Experience
  3. Ability to adapt to the client’s specific working conditions and demands
  4. Cultural fit
  5. Willingness to develop and improve their skill set over time

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