The National Index for job vacancies continues to increase with a rise of two per cent in October and is now up 34.2 per cent in 12 months according to new figures released by DFP Mining Resources.

Year on year vacancies are 34.2 per cent higher than in October 2017 and permanent job vacancies were up one per cent for the month and are now up 36.3 per cent over 12 months.

Temporary/Contractor job vacancies were up 3.4 per cent for the month and are up 31.6 per cent over 12 months.

WA had an increase for the month of 1.9 per cent and is now up 24.1 per cent year on year and Queensland was up marginally this month by 0.3 per cent and after recent strong gains, are now up 34 per cent year on year.

The correlation between job vacancies and commodity prices have again aligned according to DFP Mining Resources Chief Executive Officer Robert van Stokrom.

Hiring by Iron Ore miners continues to lead the way with a further increase in October by 3.6 per cent and is up now by 60.3 per cent year on year.

Oil & Gas extraction had another positive month.

After consistent declines in 2017, Coal & Mineral Mining had another positive month, up by seven per cent.

Vacancies have continued to be on the increase for Engineering Professionals, with a further increase of 2.2 per cent for the month and up 64.8 per cent over the past year.

Riggers and Labourers lead the way as the highest performing occupation, up a further 6.3 per cent in October and with an index of 129.4.

After several recent increases, Operational Management vacancies were down this month by 2.7 per cent, however they are still up by 14.6 per cent over the past six months.

See the full report: DFP Mining Resources Job Index – October 2017