Chef agencies have been around for years and have supported many businesses and chefs as their go-betweens in creating a working relationship.


For FIFO chefs, working with chef agencies can even go beyond the goal of getting a job. A chef agency can be an advocate for both the chef and the employer throughout the length of the contract. Because in the real world, there is more to just, securing a job. 

Working with chef agencies from either an employer or job seeker’s point of view has advantages. Many restaurants, commercial kitchens and events get the services of chef agencies for their staffing needs, be it for short-term or permanent hires. 

And when FIFO chefs and chef agencies work together, it benefits the chef by getting the following: 


Clear payment terms


FIFO chef jobs often require long working hours and often past the agreed paid hours. FIFO chefs who work independently of chef agencies have to deal with this issue themselves, which can be complicated if the chef needs negotiation skills. Chef agencies support FIFO chefs by making sure that chefs are paid based on the agreed rate. If the chef is required to work overtime and has taken on the task, then the chef is paid accordingly. They can be sure that overtime work is paid, as it should be.  


A Chance To Work At Various Sites 


It must be said that casual FIFO chef jobs already offer flexibility on their own. When the contract ends, the chef can take another FIFO job elsewhere. 

However, if the chef is looking for a long-term role, working with a chef agency can get them jobs at various sites and with host employers until they find an employer they can work with long term.  

Chefs hold long working hours, and if they are stuck in a working environment that they are unhappy with, then working can be hell for them. Working in various kitchen settings and with different employers can help chefs choose an employer to work with long-term. Or if they decide to keep casual jobs instead, that is fine too!


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Assistance and Negotiation of Employment Matters


As the mediators between the chef and the employer, chef agencies support chefs by discussing, clarifying, and negotiating employment matters. Terms of employment can be confusing for some, especially regarding the fine print in the contracts. Chef agencies can guide chefs with any ambiguous details so that they can work with an employer that fulfils their expectations. This goes both ways, with the chef agencies supporting employers by matching them with skilled chefs who can deliver their demands. When both ends are satisfied, this leads to a better, more defined working relationship.  


In Summary:


Working with a chef agency can be a smart decision for FIFO chefs, particularly if they want to explore more options and be exposed to various kitchen settings and operations. Chef agencies can support them in handling employment issues and advocate for them so that all expectations are clear and met. At the same time, chef agencies support employers by ensuring that they hire the most suited chef for the job so that it’s a win-win for all!

Anytime Staff has provided FIFO chefs to mines and resorts in Perth and Western Australia. We know the FIFO life because we live the FIFO life. 

And if you are looking for skilled chefs and kitchen staff based in Perth and Western Australia for your staffing needs, give us a call at Anytime Staff.

We specialise in providing skilled and professional chefs for FIFO remote jobs as well as short-term hires for: 

  • peak periods
  • events/private parties and celebrations/pizza chefs
  • fill in for an emergency or annual leaves
  • start-up team for opening venues  

As part of our team, we have polite, professional Kitchen Stewards to assist you in cleaning and organising your kitchens. 

Anytime Staff can also assist you in looking for permanent hires by facilitating your recruitment process.

We also offer a Consulting Service to assist you in opening or running the cafe or restaurant of your dreams. 


That’s it for this week.

As always, professional chefs are on call at Anytime Staff!

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