A Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) study shows that mining job demand has risen considerably over the past three years.
Organised for the MCA by tech firm CoverCard, the study found that in the three months ending November 2018, 16,000 positions were advertised, a 120 per cent lead on the 6000 jobs reported for the three months ending November 2016.
The MCA referred to the report, CoverCard Mining Job Advertisement Analysis Pilot – Model Outputs and Summary Analysis, as “the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of mining-related jobs and skills advertising in Australia”.
It used information sourced from CoverCard’s database of over four million mining jobs and skills. CoverCard applied an algorithm to 140,047 job advertisements in order to identify employment trends in the industry.
An analysis of licence requirements identified a strong interest among employers for “skilled Australian workers able to operate in high-risk environments”, according to the MCA.
CoverCard’s algorithms identified five industry roles in particular that were particularly sought after.
The roles included forklift operators, employees who could work safely at heights, employees who could work safely in confined spaces, construction induction cards, and boom-type elevating work platform (EWP) roles. Following these five roles, dogging and rigging were the next most-referenced qualifications.
The Northern Territory recorded the highest incidence of FIFO jobs as a percentage of all mining jobs in the territory at 46.5 per cent of jobs, followed by Western Australia at 32.5 per cent and South Australia at 24.2 per cent.
At the other end of the scale, New South Wales and Queensland both recorded a relatively low percentage of FIFO jobs, at 4.9 per cent and 12.9 per cent, respectively.
The Queensland figure is lower than anticipated, according to the report. “However further exploration has revealed many references to DIDO (drive in drive out) and BIBO (bus in bus out), which are not within the scope of CoverCard’s current algorithmic assessment,” the report added.
Western Australia attracted the majority of mining job demand over the past three years according to the report, representing 33 per cent of advertised jobs in the period, closely followed by Queensland at 29 per cent, and New South Wales in third place at 22 per cent.
“This analysis not only shows an industry continuing to grow and employ people in regional Australia, it will also help people wanting to work in mining to target their choice of qualification,” said MCA general manager – workforce and innovation Gavin Lind.
“Training institutions will also now have better information on which qualifications are most in demand across mining regions.”