26,000 mining jobs still on offer in Queensland

Around 26,000 machine operators, graduates, and tradespeople will be needed over the next few years to keep Queensland's mining industry in full swing, according to skills advisor Kinetic Group.

The Morning Bulletin reports Kinetic boss Derek Hunter said while demand for minerals had dropped over the last few months there was still plenty of activity in the sector.

He said over 13,000 machine operators, 6,000 graduates, and 7,000 tradespeople were needed in QLD's mining sector by 2015.

"If you stop looking at the headlines and look at what the activity in the industry is right now, it's as high if not higher than it has ever been," he said.

According to The Morning Bulletin Hunter said there was around $64 billion in resources investment in QLD and only "the most amazing crash" would stop those projects going ahead.

Last week HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham said Australia's mining boom wasn't over and the slowdown in China was likely to be "cyclical rather than structural".

"Mining investments are in the pipeline and will continue to support growth into the second half of this year and into the next," he said.

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