Australian Mining Industry Job Listings Report – 2011 / 2012

Jobs Australia Mining Continuing my yearly look at vacancy trends in the Australian Mining and Energy sector, I have compiled some statistics from research conducted through job board  listings in the “Mining, Resources & Energy” category.

As you can see from the tables below, a standout has been the continued growth in Health & Safety roles, climbing another 54% in 2011-12, after rising 93% in 2010-11. This is not surprising given the focus on the Work Health and Safety Harmonisation Act this year, which has meant an increasing government focus on regulations, especially in coal seam gas. There is also a strong “no harm” stance taken by most resources companies.

We know from speaking with clients that Mining Engineers are the hardest candidates to find, with a 38% growth in listings in 2011-12. There was also a big pickup in Management roles increasing 33% from last year.

 Top Ten current jobs in demand across Australia

“Mining, Resources & Energy” Category 2010 2011 2012 2011-2012 % increase
Mining – Engineering & Maintenance 1264 2362 3268 +38
Mining – Operations 693 1499 1778 +18
Mining – Exploration & Geoscience 647 1229 1625 +32
Health & Safety, Environment 307 595 920 +54
Management 453 492 658 +33
Mining – Processing 178 305 390 +27
O&G – Engineering & Maintenance 224 351 381 +8.5
Mining – Drill & Blast 200 352 343 -2.5
O&G – Operations/ Production 116 182 207 +13
O&G – Drilling 121 NEW

A surprise was the large increase in percentages of positions in Melbourne and Sydney, up 34% and 26% respectively, although the actual numbers are small compared to the dominant Perth and Brisbane markets.

Interestingly there is a large disparity between Brisbane city numbers and QLD as a whole. Whilst positions in Brisbane increased at a steady rate, 19%, Queensland as a whole showed a much higher increase at 31.9%. This can be attributed to the increasing numbers of city-based project teams heading to Gladstone for projects in LNG, new coal and continued expansions. These projects have progressed to site and basin specific construction operations over the last year, which has significantly boosted requirements for regional positions.

Nationally, the job listings have increased over 200 per cent since March 2010, reflecting the strong expansion of the sector. There was a year-on-year increase of 2,347 roles from 2011-12, with some roles becoming increasingly tough to fill.

Number of positions available by city

City 2010 2011 2012 % Increase
Perth 1024 1906 2520 +32
Brisbane 550 1124 1341 +19
Sydney 77 259 328 +26
Melbourne 112 215 288 +34
Adelaide 70 231 252 +9
Darwin 110 NEW

Number of positions available by region

Region 2011 2012 % Increase 2011 % Share 2012 % Share
WA 4209 5175 +22.9 48 46.8
QLD 2803 3699 +31.9 32 33.4
NSW 867 1294 +49.2 9.9 11.7
VIC 369 376 +1.8 4.2 3.4
SA 273 360 +31.8 3.1 3.2
NT 177 146 -17.5 2.0 1.3
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