Job opportunities in mining, resources and energy almost doubled on online recruitment portal SEEK in the year up to the end of May.
Most states and territories across Australia experienced positive job advertising growth in May, suggesting the labour market was improving, SEEK reported.
The mining, resources and energy sector was the key driver of this growth, registering a 90 per cent year on year improvement in job advertisements across the country up to the end of May. Opportunities for engineers were 31 per cent higher year on year.
“The big surprise has been the strength of the Western Australian labour market,” said SEEK managing director Michael Ilczynski.
“Advertising on SEEK across the state increased 16.1 per cent y/y in May, which is eight consecutive months of positive advertising growth on SEEK.
“This continued growth indicates that WA appears to be finding its feet after a prolonged period of weakness.”
The mining, resources and energy sector has been crucial in the resurgence of the labour market in WA with a 96 per cent improvement in job opportunities compared with a year earlier.