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Mining industry and infrastructure projects in 'war for talent', report finds
14 Jun, 2018, 1 Comment

Summary: The mining industry is competing for workers with the large infrastructure projects happening across Australia, according to an online job advertiser.....

Nationally Seek's Employment Report, set for release tomorrow, shows jobs advertised in mining are up 34 per cent on this time last time year, engineering jobs are up 25 per cent, and trades and services are up 21 per cent.

Mining jobs advertisements show substantial pick-up in mining states and non-mining states, since the downturn in 2016.

"There is increasing competition from infrastructure projects, some of the big engineering and construction projects that are happening across the country are fishing in similar talent pools," managing director of Seek Australia and New Zealand Kendra Banks said.

"We are seeing some of those jobs filled but just a bit slower than some employers would like."

Increase in permanent roles

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports the mining sector shed 55,000 jobs during the downturn between 2012 and 2016.

During this time there was also a reluctance from industry to employ people in permanent roles, with 80 per cent of jobs offered as contract positions.

However, this latest data shows this trend is reversing, with almost 50 per cent of the jobs advertised as permanent roles.

"And for people who have worked in the mining sector over the past decade or so, one of the things that is increasingly important to them is job security because they may have been burnt in the previous downturn."

Good news for the regions

Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Chambers of Commerce and Industry James Pearson said a strong demand in the labour market is good news, particularly for regional Australia.

"Things have been pretty tough for a while so it's good news to hear that there is increasing demand for labour," he said.

"What we are seeing on the eastern seaboard is that with the big infrastructure projects — many which are funded by the federal and state government — there is increasing demand for workers in construction.

"It's getting harder to bring in temporary skilled workers from overseas, and that's something we have been lobbying government on.

"We also know that Australians tend to be a bit reluctant to move across the country to take jobs, even good jobs when they are on offer."

Mr Pearson said the Federal Government has made it harder to bring in skilled migrants, and that is impacting the mining and tourism and hospitality industry.

"One possible solution is New Zealand, because New Zealanders don't need the same permitting — they have an unrestricted right to work here," he said.

"But that will depend on the New Zealand economy." 13/6/2018

  • MyPassion

    15 Jun, 2018

    I have never heard so much such rubbish in my life. I have 41 yrs experience as an electrician. I have been doing FIFO since 1995. I have worked all over Australia and cant get a start anywhere. And its not from lack of trying. I,m 58 yrs old now, thats the issue. Cant discriminate due to race, religion, sex or age. BS.
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