Hottest mining jobs for 2013

Boilermakers, engineers, fitters and a range of other roles are in peak demand in the mining industry, according to a new report from Hays.

The recruitment firm's latest quarterly report shows miners in the NT, QLD, WA, and parts of NSW are now paying top dollar for some positions.

But Hays logistics senior regional director Tim James said while there were shortages for some workers,  applicants still needed to fit strict selection criteria.

“Whilst these skills are in hot demand, employers remain cautious about hiring candidates that appear to have moved around too often and they are also being very specific with their requirements, being more demanding about core and soft skills,” he said.

“Employers want candidates with a proven and stable background, and some are willing to wait to find the exact match.

“In terms of long-term solutions some employers are interested in candidates that can take a step up to fill a role rather than have some more senior take a step back.”

Check out the vacancies below to get an idea of the skills in demand.


Boilermakers – Boilermakers are more available than in previous quarters, however, those with specific Hunter Valley Mine Site Inductions will secure short term contract work to support fluctuating project requirements.

Mechanical Engineers – For Mechanical Engineers, opportunities exist for candidates with mobile plant for underground mines. Whilst orders are slow, investment is still being put in to product development.

Project Engineers (Mechanical & Civil) and Project Managers (Mechanical & Civil) – As regional industries are focused on delivery of mining infrastructure, these candidates remain in demand.

Northern Territory

OH&S Advisors – These candidates are in demand as the industry in the Northern Territory is still growing and as sites get bigger and more complicated the safety side of their operations is becoming more paramount.

Electrical, Fixed Plant, Reliability and Mining Engineers – The need for these candidates is due to a skill shortage in the Northern Territory – as more sites look to have their workforce based here they are finding it difficult to have the right candidates relocate.


Residential Senior Maintenance Supervisors, Senior Vulcan Mine Surveyors, Experienced Digger Fitters, Residential Mobile Maintenance Planners and High Voltage Electricians – These candidates are in demand as there is a shortage of good experienced candidates especially within the locations required. High Voltage

Electricians must also have Electric Drive Truck Experience.

Western Australia

Senior Mine Geologists, Mining Engineer, Contract Mining Engineer, Process Manager and Maintenance Supervisor – Each of these skills is absolutely necessary to the operation of producing mine sites.

Continued operation and profitability of key assets for mining organisations is the highest priority at present.

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