Mining jobs expected to increase in 2010

Mining is forecast to see another boom in job numbers early next year, Manpower managing director tells MINING DAILY.

Employment across the mining and construction sectors is expected to increase to levels not seen since the boom.

According to a recent Manpower survey, hiring intentions across the mining and construction sectors is forecast to increase substantially in the first quarter of 2010.

The net employment outlook has been project at +20%, nearly doubling from the outlook of +12% in the previous quarter. The survey indicates that as the global financial crisis has begun easing, employers are again looking to returning to pre-downturn hiring intentions.

“These results confirm the progress toward recovery we began to see in the final quarter of 2009. Australia appears to have turned a corner, with hiring intentions closer to the pace we saw before the downturn hit,” Manpower Australia & New Zealand managing director, Lincoln Crawley, told Mining Daily.

Added to this will be the lifting of hiring restrictions and the loosening of selection criteria as job numbers are set to jump in the first quarter of 2010.

Prior to the financial crisis employers had a wait and see attitude, were holding off on hiring and more selective regarding job candidates, but we expect to see this relaxing as there will be a greater demand for employees, he said.

However, he went on to say that in the first quarter of 2010 the mining sector will also see a return to the skills shortages experienced prior to the downturn, Crawley told Mining Daily.

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