Job market on road to recovery

New research suggests that between 60,000 and 80,000 new jobs will be created for 30 resources projects across Australia in the coming years, according to careers website Mineblogger.

New research suggests that between 60,000 and 80,000 new jobs will be created for 30 resources projects across Australia in the coming years, according to careers website Mineblogger.

In a statement released yesterday, Mineblogger said it had compiled an extensive list of mining and oil and gas projects that are either underway or planned.

According to the company, the research supports projections made by the Minerals Council of Australia and The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association’s (APPEA).

“The Minerals Council of Australia has not changed its long-term forecast that another 80,000 people will be needed in the industry by 2020 in order to maintain Australia’s market share of global production,” the company said.

“Improvement in the job market expected as soon as 2010.

“Up until the last quarter of 2008, 142,000 people in Australia’s workforce were directly employed in resources. This number was up by a massive 55,400 jobs over the last five years.

“Even with job losses across the industry now totalling some 12,000, these losses are coming off the back of unprecedented growth and still don’t have the industry back at its original employment levels of five years ago.”

The project list details project timeframes, job numbers, current status and awarded labour contracts where known.

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