DFP Recruitment has released the third edition of its Jobs Index, revealing more than half of all job vacancies in the resource industry are found in Western Australia where skills demands continue to rise.

The report, DFP Mining and Resources Job Index, found that more than 51% of the mining, oil and gas workforce opportunities are based in in Western Australia, while Queensland is home to just under 30% of resource job advertisements.

Job availability in the Queensland resource hub continues to decline in line with falling coal mining activity, where just 5.5% of all resource opportunities exist. The report indicates that Western Australia, by contrast, has experienced a surge in employment, coinciding with record iron exports to China from the Pilbara.

Opportunities in oil and gas extraction have risen to represent 22.8% of total advertisements, while metal ore mining continues to be the largest sector for employment at 38.8%.
The report also profiles the employment trends of particular roles, revealing a higher demand for:

  • Occupational health and welfare management;
  • Engineering trades and technicians;
  • Drillers, miners and moving plant operators; and
  • Riggers and labourers.

For more information about the DFP Mining and Resources Job Index, click here.