Report reveals surge in Kalgoorlie job ads
A recently released mining and resources job index shows Kalgoorlie experienced an increase in job advertisements in November — an occurrence contrary to the state of the mining and resources sector nationally.
The report, released this month by DFP recruitment and complied by H2O research, sets out the mining and resources job index by identifying the number of online advertisements within the resources space.
The software applies a number of calculations, and also identifies repetition or duplications of the same job that may sit under numerous job boards and removes such duplication. Despite the index showing a fall by 4 per cent in job vacancies nationwide, the data compiled from Kalgoorlie in November showed an increase in job advertisements.
The report also showed job vacancies in WA accounted for 52 per cent of all mining and resources vacancies in the country.
WA only experienced a 20.4 per cent reduction in advertised vacancies in the 12 months to December, whereas Queensland experienced a 30 per cent decrease in advertised vacancies in the same period.
DFP suggested that the Queensland figures were aligned with a 24 per cent drop in coal prices in the past 12 months, whereas WA’s fortunes were tied to the price of iron ore and gold.
DFP Technical and Resources manager Julian Strudwick credited the monthly job statistics for Kalgoorlie, which showed an 80-20 split between permanent and temporary/contract roles being advertised in the city, with larger falls and redundancies across the iron ore and coal mining industry.
“Kalgoorlie is mostly gold and nickel mining and exploration, whilst we have been affected, it has not been at the same scale as coal and iron ore mining towns,” Mr Strudwick said.
“The decreasing number of people in Kalgoorlie may indicate the availability of job seekers within the market has diminished, hence an increase in advertising activity.
“We have identified that the fall in volumes (advertising) among the larger miners is significant (namely Rio Tinto, BHP, FMG).
“We don’t think it’s just the start of the seasonal decline but more to do with commodity prices as covered in the main report.”
National statistics from DFP showed BHP Billiton had taken over the top spot from Rio Tinto as the company with the most jobs advertised in November, with 95.
Gold Fields Australia and First Quantum Nickel Australia both listed 13 vacant positions nationally in November.
Rio Tinto advertised 94 vacancies and Fortescue Metals Group advertised 14 roles.
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BHP Billiton advertised the largest number of job vacancies nationally within the mining and resources sector in November.