Demand for skilled workers across key occupations and emerging resource markets remains strong in Australia despite a small dip in total mining employment numbers, according to the industry. The latest Labour Force figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that as of May 2013 some 261,100 were employed as a result of investment in the country’s mining, oil and gas projects, a fall of 2% in total mining employment.
The Australian Mines and Metal Association (AMMA) carries out regular analysis of the ABS figures via its careers website and said that the decrease is no surprise but there is still strong demand for engineers, maintenance workers, designers, machinery operators and skilled trade workers.
‘It is clear that after a decade of being the fastest growing source of employment in Australia, averaging 25% annual growth, greater focus on regulatory reform to increase Australia’s productivity and competitiveness is required to sustain these long term opportunities,’ said site director Kyla Jones.
‘However with 1,500 job vacancies on AMMA mining oil and gasjobs.com alone, we continue to experience strong recruitment activities by most sectors of the resource industry, particularly for skilled and technical positions,’ she added. She also pointed out that the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victorian resource sectors created an extra 4,500 jobs during the last quarter and there are some $268 billion worth of resource projects under construction in Australia while 287 additional projects are still being considered, potentially worth $354 billion to the nation.
‘As more of these projects reach final investment decision and come online over coming months and years we expect skills demand and recruitment activity within our industry to remain very strong. If this pipeline of projects can be secured for our shores through creating an environment more conducive to investment, government estimates tell us that the construction demands alone could create around 135,000 new jobs by 2018,’ said Jones.
‘Much of this future demand will be driven by the emerging LNG sector, with key skilled trades people such as boilermakers and welders already in short supply and among the most sought after occupations on our website,’ she explained.
As the resource industry’s own custom jobs board and career information website, the AMMA site currently lists more than 1,500 job vacancies direct from resource employers and attracts millions of visitors to its comprehensive careers guide each month.
JUNE 21, 2013