Mining jobs continue to lose ground

Mining jobs continue to tumble, with the DFP Mining and Resource Job Index slipping 4.9 per cent in May.

Advertised vacancies have dropped 17.6 per cent in the past quarter, and for the first time since DFP began reporting job figures in November 2013 Western Australia’s vacancy index has dropped below that of Queensland.

Permanent roles are now down 16.8 per cent in the same period around the nation, but more dramatically this figure has fallen 43.8 per cent year on year.

By comparison in the past 12 months the temporary and contract index has dropped 21.9 per cent, but 18.5 per cent of that was recording in the last quarter.

The Western Australian iron ore market has been blamed largely for the drop in employment, with 45.6 per cent of vacancies lost in the state in the past year, however WA is still Australia’s biggest resource employer with 44.9 per cent of job ads.

WA has consistently held 50 per cent of the job ads through 2014, but this year’s loss has not been seen in Queensland, where 32.7 per cent of the nation’s jobs have been advertised, same as this time last year.

Coal export increases in NSW have accounted for a corresponding increase in job ads, up 10.7 per cent on the year despite the loss of over 5000 jobs in the past two years, according to NSW Minerals Council head Stephen Galilee.

“The NSW mining industry has been doing it tough recently, with over 5000 jobs lost across the last 2 years,” he said.

“It’s therefore encouraging to see strong demand for NSW coal across our emerging markets.

“Coal remains vital to the NSW economy. It’s our most valuable export, and the NSW coal industry employs 35,000 people across the state.”

For more details on the state of employment in the resources sectors see the May 2015 DFP report.

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