‘War for talent’ as mining and infrastructure compete for workers

The mining industry is competing for workers with the large infrastructure projects happening across Australia, according to an online job advertiser.

Nationally Seek’s Employment Report, set for release tomorrow, shows jobs advertised in mining are up 34 per cent on this time last time year, engineering jobs are up 25 per cent, and trades and services are up 21 per cent.

Mining jobs advertisements show substantial pick-up in mining states and non-mining states, since the downturn in 2016.

“There is increasing competition from infrastructure projects, some of the big engineering and construction projects that are happening across the country are fishing in similar talent pools,” managing director of Seek Australia and New Zealand Kendra Banks said.

“We are seeing some of those jobs filled but just a bit slower than some employers would like.”

Increase in permanent roles

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports the mining sector shed 55,000 jobs during the downturn between 2012 and 2016.

During this time there was also a reluctance from industry to employ people in permanent roles, with 80 per cent of jobs offered as contract positions.

However, this latest data shows this trend is reversing, with almost 50 per cent of the jobs advertised as permanent roles.

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