Mining, resources and energy take top spot for jobs growth

Employment portal SEEK has released a report showing that the mining, resources and energy industry has taken pole position for annual job growth over the past year.

The news follows on from similar findings this week from DFP Resources that revealed  mining positions had grown in Australia for 13 consecutive months.

Annual job ads growth in the mining, resources and energy sector has grown for 11 consecutive months, according to SEEK. Mining, resources and energy saw a 32 per cent rise in job advertisements from June 2017 to June 2018.

This was considerably ahead of the next-largest sector, community services and development, which saw an 18 per cent rise over the same period.

Incidentally, the national 32 per cent figure arrived at SEEK is the same percentage as the annual recorded rise in Western Australian mining jobs in the DFP report.

Government and defence, consulting and strategy, and trades and services made up the rest of the top five at 16 per cent, 15 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively.

Conversely, the industries that saw the biggest decline in job ads over the past year were banking and financial services, real estate and property, and design and architecture, which were down by 16, 13 and 10 per cent.

Job ads across all profiled sectors were up by 8.3 per cent from June 2017 to June 2018 and are at the highest level seen in the past nine years.

Australia’s mid-tier mining sector is predicted to see a boost over 2018 due to an increase in mergers and acquisitions, which jumped to a four-year high in February according to statistics from EY.

Energy, mining and utilities also overtook transportation as the most targeted value sector in 2017, with 77 deals made for a combined value of $37.1 billion, indicative of a continued return to health.

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