Glencore seeks 200 workers for North Queensland projects

Mt Isa underground workers. Image: Glencore

Glencore is planning to fill over 200 jobs for various copper and zinc operations in North Queensland, including operations in or near major mining towns such as Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Townsville.

The company held an open day in Townsville yesterday (organised by recruitment firm Hays) to promote upcoming positions in the North Queensland region.

The roles largely include underground and technical positions, including surveyors, operators, environmental advisors and engineers, and the company is also advertising relocation reimbursement packages and regional living allowances to further attract prospective talent.

Currently, roughly a quarter of Glencore’s global staff of 16,000 people are employed in North Queensland.

It is good news for North Queensland’s industry employment prospects, which have slowed significantly in recent years. Another good example of local recovery is Glencore’s recent offtake agreement with Altona Mining, secured in November, for the purchase of copper and gold concentrates from the latter’s Cloncurry copper project to be smelted at Glencore’s Mount Isa facility.

Altona’s Cloncurry project is estimated to deliver 600 jobs to the region — 300 for the construction period and nearly 300 more ongoing positions.