Jobs in Australian mining rise as sector bounces back

Jobs in Australian mining rise as sector bounces back

A mood of positivity has returned to the mining industry in Australia, which has been signified by the fact that there were 70% more advertised vacancies in May alone, compared to 2016.

The job vacancy statistics collated by online jobs site Seek have provided a boost to the Australian mining sector, which has seen activity and prices ramp up after the lows of the commodities price crash.

In addition, the latest quarterly report from global recruitment agency Hays has also concluded that the national mining jobs market is on the mend again.

Hays national head of mining Chris Kent said a number of the advertised vacancies in the sector across the board were in positions that are critical to efficiency and productivity.

“Any roles associated with that, and ensuring supply chains run smoothly are obviously important and the jobs are across the range, from shutdown workers to drill and blast specialists, fitters and mechanics and engineers from all disciplines.

“Obviously the coal and iron ore mines, where a lot jobs were based, that’s also where a lot of jobs were lost. They’re now hiring.”

Kent also played down the impact of automation in the industry and expressed concern about an enduring trend of casual and part-time employment.