The mining boom in Australia has raised the profile of trucking careers and attracted a flood of workers into this industry in recent years.
Yet many of these truck workers are complaining about one of the biggest downsides of the job, which is a shortage of girlfriends. In many mining towns across the country there are over 20 unmarried men for every single woman, and this issue has begun to hit the bottom line of the mining companies.
Even as they offer wages that are double the national average, they are finding it tough to attract a steady labor supply who are willing to make the sacrifice required in their personal lives. The companies have recently resorted to offering extras such as free round trip flights into cities every few weeks, and free satellite phones to make it easier for workers to stay connected to their families.