Growth hits new heights

New jobs con­tinue to emerge in the re­sources and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries, Cara Jenkin dis­cov­ers.

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MIN­ING has ex­pe­ri­enced the fastest rate of jobs growth of all 19 em­ploy­ment in­dus­tries in Aus­tralia in the past decade, un­der­pinned by strong de­mand for com­modi­ties from Aus­tralia’s trad­ing part­ners.

Fig­ures from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics re­veals in the 10 years to Novem­ber 2012, em­ploy­ment in min­ing in­creased from 87,000 work­ers to 255,000 work­ers.

The growth is set to con­tinue. In the five years to 2016-17, em­ploy­ment in min­ing is ex­pected to be at the high­est rate of any in­dus­try at 7.5 per cent a year, equalling about 103,700 new jobs.

Oil and gas ex­trac­tion is pro­jected to ex­pe­ri­ence the strong­est em­ploy­ment growth in the in­dus­try, up by 11.0 per cent a year.

En­ergy and re­sources jobs of­ten are blended with min­ing, while many con­struc­tion roles also are re­quired by the in­dus­try.

It means many op­por­tu­ni­ties for work­ers who have the skills in de­mand and those will­ing to up­skill to get minere­lated qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

The work­ers high­est in de­mand are pro­fes­sional and trades engi­neers and elec­tri­cians, but new projects com­ing on stream means new jobs in ev­ery role from plant op­er­a­tor and diesel me­chanic to mine man­ager and civil en­gi­neer are be­com­ing avail­able.

The com­bined min­ing, en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion work­force now em­ploys about 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple in Aus­tralia, or about 10 per cent of the work­force.

All eight con­struc­tion sec­tors are also ex­pected to record em­ploy­ment growth in the next five years.

The largest em­ploy­ment gain is pro­jected to be in the build­ing in­stal­la­tion ser­vices sec­tor – up by 37,600 jobs (15.9 per cent growth) in the five year pe­riod to 2016-17.

It is fol­lowed by the build­ing com­ple­tion ser­vices sec­tor in which 29,400 new jobs (15.4 per cent growth) is pre­dicted.

Though heavy and civil en­gi­neer­ing rep­re­sents only 7 per cent of the to­tal con­struc­tion in­dus­try’s work­force, it is ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence the strong­est em­ploy­ment growth of 16.5 per cent in the five-year pe­riod to 2016-17.

Min­ing work­ers on aver­age are em­ployed 44 hours a week, while con­struc­tion work­ers are em­ployed at an aver­age 40 hours a week.

Salaries vary greatly, from $35,000 a year for a drafter to $285,000 a year for a mine man­ager.

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