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Australia – Mining skills demand remains strong

21 June 2013

Demand for skilled workers across key occupations and emerging resource markets remains strong despite a small dip in Australia's total mining employment numbers, as released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in its quarterly labour force figures.

The resource industry's owned-and-operated careers website AMMA miningoilandgasjobs.com conducts regular analysis of ABS labour force figures against trends on its public jobs board. Site director Kyla Jones said there are few surprises in the data which shows a -2% decrease in total mining employment.

“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 Ms Jones.

“However, with 1,500 job vacancies on AMMA miningoilandgasjobs.com alone, we continue to experience strong recruitment activities by most sectors of the resource industry, particularly for skilled and technical positions.”

She said that demand remains highest for engineers, maintenance workers, designers and drafters, machinery operators and skilled trade workers. Skills demand and recruitment activity within the industry is expected to remain “very strong”, Ms Jones said. The ABS data shows that, as of May 2013, 261,100 Australians were employed as a result of investment in the country's mining, oil and gas projects.

“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,” Ms Jones added.

“Much of this future demand will be driven by the emerging Liquefied Natural Gas sector, with key skilled tradespeople such as boilermakers and welders already in short supply and among the most sought after occupations on our website.”


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