Demand for workers in Queensland’s resources sector continues

Queensland is teeming with hundreds of jobs in the resources sector, from Townsville and Mt Isa in the north, to Toowoomba and Roma in the south and in corporate headquarters in Brisbane.

There are close to 1400 Queensland job vacancies in the mining, resources and energy sectors on the employment board SEEK.

The mining sector has been taking top spots on job boards since December 2017.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said, “To borrow the famous quote from Lord Kitchener, ‘we want you’ to apply for a job in resources and fill these vacancies.

“Jobs in the resources sector are good jobs. Resource jobs are well-paid jobs. The mining industry has by far the highest average weekly full-time adult earnings of any industry at $2659 – or over $138,000 per annum.”

A Queensland Resources Council (QRC) survey found that 52 per cent of chief executive officers of QRC member companies expect to increase their Queensland staff levels over the next 12 months. Thirteen per cent are also looking to increase employment ‘substantially’.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data showed that the resources sector was creating a job every hour, or more precisely, 8400 jobs over the last 12 months.

Macfarlane said, “The Palaszczuk government has been committed to maintaining an unemployment rate with a ‘five in front of it’. The resources sector shares the government’s ambition, and we are ready, willing and able to deliver.”

As of March this year, Queensland’s unemployment rate was sitting at 6 per cent. This is an improvement compared to the 6.4 per cent unemployment rate during the same period last year, according to Brisbane Times.

“Our sector continues to drive economic opportunities both in the regions and the larger cities, and if we are to maintain this momentum and increase royalties, the sector needs people operating the machinery, loading the ships and working with communities,” Macfarlane said.

Australian Mining in February reported that jobs vacancies in the mining sector were driven by the recent recovery in Australia’s mining sector, opening up of new mines and re-emergence of skills shortage.

More than 280,000 full-time jobs and over $55 billion are supplied and contributed by the resources sector to the Queensland economy in 2016/2017.