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|
|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
Number of positions available by region
|Region||2011||2012||% Increase||2011 % Share||2012 % Share|