Re­sources jobs up as new cy­cle starts

Pilbara News - - News - Josh Chiat

The worst of the down­turn could be be­hind WA’s re­sources in­dus­try, with de­mand in the State’s min­ing and re­sources em­ploy­ment mar­ket hit­ting the high­est level in al­most two years.

Fig­ures re­leased re­cently by em­ploy­ment agency DFP Re­cruit­ment in its Min­ing and Re­sources Job In­dex showed WA was the main driver of re­sources sec­tor job growth over the past quar­ter, up 10.9 per cent.

DFP Re­cruit­ment State man­ager Kate Dun­can said the data in­di­cated a new phase in the min­ing cy­cle, though de­mand for min­ing labour was still 30 per cent lower than at the end of the boom.

“The feed­back we’re get­ting from clients in gen­eral is that they’re lightly op­ti­mistic about im­prov­ing over the next six-12 months,” she said.

“There are some projects com­ing on­line that will con­trib­ute to in­creased job fig­ures.

“We came from a fairly dras­tic low base.

“There were a num­ber of big projects all at the one time which cre­ated this enor­mous em­ploy­ment trend in the re­source sec­tor and then those projects fin­ished.

“We’re now start­ing to see the worst of that over and things start­ing to hap­pen again.”

WA’s share of the na­tional min­ing and re­sources job mar­ket hit 49.7 per cent in Jan­uary, its high­est level in al­most a year.

“The feed­back we’re get­ting from clients is that we’re get­ting some pos­i­tiv­ity and things are start­ing to move, but it’s not go­ing to be an overnight rapid in­crease,” Ms Dun­can said.

Na­tion­ally, en­gi­neers are still strug­gling, but the pro­fes­sion is look­ing at brighter prospects af­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties grew for the fifth suc­ces­sive month, up 10.4 per cent in Jan­uary.

Min­ing and pe­tro­leum en­gi­neer­ing po­si­tions were up 21.6 per cent in Jan­uary, though de­mand is about one-third what it was at the end of the boom.

In­dus­try de­mand for ge­ol­o­gists and geo­physi­cists rose 49.2 per cent over six months.

Min­ing ser­vices, which recorded a slump in De­cem­ber, were up slightly in Jan­uary.

Ms Dun­can said the mar­ket for drillers, elec­tri­cal trades and labour­ers was slow to re­spond but would pick up as new projects came on­line.

Fig­ures show WA was the main driver of re­sources sec­tor job growth over the past quar­ter, up 10.9 per cent.

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