5 Facts You Never Knew About FIFO

December 04, 2018
By Kim Fernandes

We’re hearing more and more about the ‘FIFO lifestyle’, but what does this term actually mean and how does it benefit you?

Fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) is a method of employing people in remote areas by flying them temporarily to a work site from a nearby local community, instead of relocating employees and their families.

Most people associate the FIFO lifestyle with living close to work, and having meals and travel expenses paid for - but there are many hidden benefits! Compass Group offer multiple FIFO hospitality careers and are aiming to truly look after for their employees.

Did you know there are some SERIOUS BENEFITS to the FIFO lifestyle? Here are our top five:

1. Choose Flexible Rosters to suit both your LIFESTYLE and your AVAILABILITY.

Flexibility in roster schedules or roster ‘swings’ are important. Typically they are 2-weeks-on/1-week-off, involving 12-hour shifts each day; but there are multiple other swing combinations available to FIFO workers. Talk to us about what would best suit you.

2. Your TIME OFF IS 100% YOURS!

Compass respects the fact that your own time IS precious. With a combination roster, you can plan your time off to do whatever you want to do! A week surfing in Bali, scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef or simply being there to pick up the kids from school every day - the choice is yours. You NEVER have to take work home with you or be called to pick up an extra shift.


3. A Healthy Pay-Packet - SAVE WHILE YOU EARN!

FIFO roles are usually better paid than city jobs. And, when you’re working on-site, Compass has most of your living expenses covered. They provide accommodation, meals, cleaning services, gym classes, communications - you don't have pay a cent! Start pocketing what would normally be living expenses and save for your next holiday or personal project.

4. Having an active and healthy lifestyle is EASY and FREE!

Making sure all your living requirements are taken care of allows you to enjoy your downtime on-site too. There are a range of free recreational facilities and activities we provide including group exercise classes, social club programs and team sports. There are even on-site nutritionists to help you reach your health goals! We want you to invest in a healthy lifestyle and have a great time doing it!

5. Take your career GLOBAL.

Compass Group is a world-leading food and support services company operating in approximately 50 countries - and they encourage their staff to travel with their work as well! Whether it be cooking in Canada, prepping in Paris, or serving breakfast in Brazil, Compass’ global presence is the perfect way to grow your career experience


The best thing? Here are both short and long-term solutions for you with FIFO - you get to choose! FIFO is quickly becoming a lifestyle of choice for many, and with Compass the growth opportunities are endless. With many other perks along the way, it’s easy to see why people are choosing the FIFO lifestyle!

Excited for a lifestyle change? It’s time to take the reins back in your hospitality career and join a company that encourages progression through the ranks! If you’re interested in learning more about FIFO or looking for the latest chef jobs, join our Paddl Hospitality and Food Service Facebook Group to see more posts like this one, or ask us any questions!