WA miners see spike in pay

New figures have shown a massive jump in pay for West Australian miners.

 New figures have shown a massive jump in pay for West Australian miners.

Over the past three months, some miners have received pay raises as high as 10%.

The figures, which are released in a new report today by Ambit, outline the massive rise in wages.

It shows rises of between 5 and 10% as common, particualry for senior project managers, project engineers and  designers, with some workers seeing increases of up to 20%.

As of September this year, the average wage for a mining construction manager was $170 per hour.

Ambit says rates have been gradually increasing in mining across the state.

“The most recent pay rises directly reflect the strong demand for resources sector workers in WA. In particular, as employers see demand for skilled workers growing in local and east coast markets, they are moving to lock in their key employees with incentive strategies that include pay rises,” according to Ambit CEO Peter Acheson.

A tightened skills market in Australia has also driven mining firms to local overseas for qualified workers to fulfill demand.

In the Hudson employment expectations report, it also showed that hiring intentions rose by seven points, the highest levels since the mining boom of 2008.

This is supported by the Hays Salary Survey.

Despite "tighter credit conditions and higher terms of trade, in addition to the short term impact of natural disasters (such as the devastating floods in Queensland which wiped billions off of coal exports and wreaked havoc on the industry) it has not stopped 74% of organisations Australia wide indicting they expect business activity to increase over the next twelve months," Nigel Heap, managing director of Hays Asia Pacific said.

Over the last 12 months, 44 % of companies nationally reported a rise in operational staff levels.

In Western Australia, there has been an increased demand for environmental specialists and maintenance staff; similarly Victoria is seeing a dearth in the numbers of surveyors, underground miners and geotechnical engineers.

According to the survey, 68% of respondents are aiming to increase their levels of permanent engineering staff.

Queensland has an increasing need for miners and maintenance crews as both coal and hard rock mines come back online in response to the unwavering demand for materials.

According to Hays, "in many states, interstate recruitment is now increasingly on the agenda, while companies are becoming more receptive to international applicants, particularly experienced mining engineers, geologists, geotechnical engineers and senior level strategic candidates".

According to Hays, next year across the mining and resources sector, around 64 % of companies are expected to increase salaries from between three to six per cent.


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