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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.

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