More jobs growth in Western Australia

Western Australia has ushered in the new year with a 2.7 per cent increase in job opportunities during January, crowning it as the dominant state for employment in the mining sector.

The state provided more than half (50.7 per cent) of all mining job vacancies in the country, which is the first time Western Australia has broken the 50 per cent mark since early 2016, according to the DFP Mining and Resources Job Index.

Elsewhere, a downward trend continued to persist in Queensland, with a 1 per cent loss last month culminating in a 17.4 per cent contraction over the last six months.

Nationally, the sector grew with 0.5 per cent more job opportunities in January, which is encouraging given the typically conservative demand in the first month of the year, DFP’s latest jobs report said.

This rise is led by permanent jobs demand, while temporary and contract jobs fell for the third consecutive month.

Job opportunities for geologists were at their highest since November 2013, rising a further 8.7 per cent in January.

Demand for operational management also had a solid increase, with health and welfare job seekers and production and project management roles leading the way with 16.8 per cent and 10 per cent growth respectively last month.

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