While traditional backpacing jobs include fruit picking and farm work, there is a growing number of travelers who head to Australia & # 39; s Top End to work as traffic controllers.
It may not be the most glamorous job, but holding stop / slow roadside signposts in high-vis gear pays up to $ 50 an hour on the weekend.
And your chances of getting a job as a traffic controller in a field once dominated by men is now much better if you are a woman.
It's all about girl power at Trafficwerx NT, where traffic controllers are mostly female
Chris Boyer, who owns Trafficwerx NT, has hired more women than men over the past eight years.
Although he joked that he was surrounded by good-looking girls, he is a perk of his job, he believes that they have a more calming influence on motorists.
& # 39; Drivers don't tell the women to get f **** d & # 39 ;, Boyer told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; When it is 37-38 degrees outside and people are frustrated with being held on the road, motorists will be less aggressive. & # 39;
Trafficwerx NT paid tribute to its female staff on International Women's Day in March
Approximately seven of his 18 female employees have a visa for 417 working holidays.
Employees earn a wage of $ 28 per hour plus fines and $ 50 per hour at the weekend.
Shifts vary from four to twelve hours, depending on the task.
& # 39; If they were picking grapes in an orchard, they would earn $ 10 per hour & # 39 ;, Boyer told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; Our staff works on a casual basis and most earn between $ 900 – $ 1200 per week for tax, but some can earn much more.
& # 39; You must be a hard worker realizing that safety is paramount, not only for you and your colleagues, but also for motorists. & # 39;
He said that while some backpackers do their work every 88 days of regional work needed to fulfill their visa requirement to continue to stay in Australia, others choose to extend their stay in the Top End.
& # 39; There are many who want to travel, but some stay and eventually become Australian citizens & # 39 ;, Boyer said.
TrafficwerxNT owner Chris Boyer told Daily Mail Australia female traffic controllers have a calming influence on drivers. & # 39; Drivers do not tell women to get f **** d, & # 39; he said
They include operational manager Louise Crothers, who originally arrived from Ireland with a working holiday visa.
& # 39; Darwin has a hard, playful attitude that is perfect for backpackers and people who choose to call Darwin home, & # 39; she said ABC Radio Darwin.
But she warned that it is hard work and that there is more to it than a & # 39; lollypop lady & # 39; to be.
& # 39; Many people will walk to some of the girls with some bats and say, "Smile love, you have the best job in the world" – sometimes I am 10 hours in, and I can tell you it is a lot more challenging job, & Mrs. Crothers said.
The Scottish backpacker Rebecca added: "Since I've been here, I haven't seen much of Australia anymore, but that's how much I dig this job – I'm more interested in getting to know the area." ;
There is more a traffic controller than keeping stop / low signs, employees say
Earlier this year, the company publicly rewarded its predominantly female workforce on International Women's Day.
& # 39; Because our staff are predominantly women, we would like to take this opportunity to have all women, especially those who have previously worked and do work for Trafficwerx, appreciate that we value you ALL, & # 39; said a Facebook message.
The company is also proud of its zero accident policy since its inception and receipt glowing online reviews from past and current employees.
& # 39; Trafficwerx was a great company to work for. The staff and management were absolutely amazing! The work is diverse and paying is great. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for a great experience & # 39 ;, posted a woman.
It is not the most glamorous job in the world, but working as a traffic controller in the Top End of Australia is also an opportunity to get up close and personal with the native nature
Male backpackers are also not discriminated against.
& # 39; I worked for Trafficwerx to complete my regional work to get my second year visa. I absolutely enjoyed my time at Trafficwerx, so much so that I returned to Darwin after a few months.
& # 39; Chris and the team welcomed me back and I could go to work immediately. I am so grateful for all the help from the company and I would highly recommend the company to everyone, & wrote a British backpacker.
Trafficwerx NT is a woman-friendly workplace with 18 out of 25 female employees
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