Miners appear to be among the biggest beneficiaries as the construction phase of the resource sector boom in Australia winds up and the operations phase associated with massive new mines and energy facilities coming online kicks in, a leading recruitment web site says.
In its latest report, recruitment web site SEEK said the mining, resources and energy sector has enjoyed the largest advertising growth of all industries on its site over the past year.
Compared with the same month last year, advertisements throughout the sector on SEEK were up by 55 percent, the site reported.
Over the three months to April, meanwhile, advertisements were up 70 percent year-on-year.
Fields where miners were most in demand include mining engineering and maintenance (average salary $123,445), mining operations ($113,451) and mining drill and blast $107,138.
Seek is not alone in suggesting that mining related jobs are on the rise.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Australian Bureau of Statistics put the overall number of people employed throughout the resource industry in February this year at 241,700 – nowhere near the peak of 278,400 experienced at the peak of the investment boom in May 2012 but up by 13,300 or 5.8 percent compared with the 228,400 employed at the same time last year.
According to that report, most of the growth has been in exploration and mining support services as well as metal ore mining – which combined have accounted for almost all of the growth in resource related employment over the past twelve months.
Little or no growth has been experienced in coal, oil and gas and not-metallic minerals.
Although the construction phase of the resource sector boom is now over, employment within the operational segments of the industry is being buoyed by the number of new mines which have come online – especially in fields such as iron ore.
SEEK managing director for Australia and New Zealand Michael Ilczynski said employment within the sector was picking up following several years of slow growth (note: many roles relating to the resource sector investment boom were classified as being in other fields such as engineering and construction).
Ilczynski said the uplift has been aided by higher commodity prices.
“This improvement, while off a low base, also reflects the sharp increases in prices of Australia’s largest resources, coal and iron ore, though some of these rises have since partially reversed,” he said.