Digging in to uncover new talent
Australian Institute of Social Research executive director Dr John Spoehr says mining development provides opportunities for workers who live across the state and are employed in varying industries.
Further plans for Olympic Dam are expected to be revealed by BHP Billiton this year. They will add further impetus to employment growth.
‘‘That will have benefits for both northern and southern Adelaide, which will be involved in providing goods and services for the expansion of the Olympic Dam site,’’ Dr Spoehr says.
He says the Upper Spencer Gulf region will be strongly linked to supplying goods and services for the expansion because of its range of services and closeness to the mine.
‘‘For regional SA, there’s a very significant jobs base that will flow from that announcement, should it be an announcement to progress with the site in late 2011 and early 2012,’’ he says.
Exact Mining Services is one SA company which is expecting to benefit this year from the mining employment boom. It provides workers and equipment to mining companies.
Human resources general manager Peter Fuss says it will be recruiting this year because of the high turnover nature of the industry, regardless of employment growth.
‘‘But we’re also seeing some positive signs of some growth in the mining area, in terms of new projects coming on stream,’’ he says.
‘‘We would say there certainly will be recruiting. That recruiting, for us, will be a combination of our usual and normal turnover and as a result of some growth in mining opportunities, both here in the state and, hopefully for us, out of state.’’