Which mining skills are in demand around Australia?

Recruitment specialist Hays has revealed the skills that are in demand across Australia’s resources sector heading into the second half of the year.

The skills hotspots are emerging particularly across the engineering, trades and labour, human resources and office support job disciplines.

The Western Australian and Queensland mining sectors are competing with the ongoing activity in the construction and engineering industries, driving a demand for civil operators.

Document controllers, project administrators, production administrators, site administrators and mobilisation administrators with mining industry experience are also sought after in these states.

“Heavy diesel mechanics are needed, but generally prefer fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) roles that offer higher rates,” Hays stated.

A total of 88 per cent of employers in mining, resources, energy or oil and gas will increase salaries. However, only five per cent intend to give pay increases of more than six per cent.

Despite the outlook, Hays predicted that staffing demand and salaries would continue to rise in Western Australia where the mining industry is at the centre of skill shortages.

The state’s skill shortages in engineering will also “intensify dramatically” once infrastructure and major mining projects kick off.

Western Australian miners need water engineers and contaminated land specialists who specialise in mining projects, as well as FIFO human resources advisors, according to Hays.

There are also increased vacancies for mechanical fitters, highly skilled excavator operators, workplace health and safety and environment (HSE) advisors and boilermakers for both site and workshop-based roles across the resources sector.

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