Australian mining job advertisement surge bucks employment trends

The latest internet job advertisement analysis commissioned by the MCA shows 2,500 more jobs in mining were on offer in the last quarter.

Independent labour market analysis by Qualski shows an additional 16,751 job advertisements identified as being mining related between June 2021 and August 2021, which is an increase from the 14,201 job advertisements identified in the prior quarter (March to May 2021).

This significant increase in mining jobs advertisements was in stark comparison to a decline in jobs advertisements across all industries, attributable to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian mining has continued to operate through the pandemic, in part due to the Resources Sector National COVID-19 Protocol developed in March 2020, providing highly paid and secure employment to more than 256,000 people.

Additionally, the Australian mining industry generated $299 billion of exports revenue in FY21.

Mining accounts for around one-third of company tax revenues, which made a big difference to funding essential services and infrastructure during the pandemic.

There are many pathways for a career in mining and this latest report by Qualski shows the most in demand qualifications for operators are: High Risk Licence: LF – Forklift Truck Operation; Construction Induction Card; Enter and Work in a Confined Space; Work Safely at Heights and High Risk Licence: WP – Boom-type Elevating Work Platform.

The mining industry has committed to provide 5,000 new apprenticeships over the next few years.

This commitment means 5,000 workers in regions will have a trade qualification for life.

When mining is strong, all Australians wins.


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