OCTOBER marked the fourth consecutive month that job vacancies across Australia’s resource rose, with a number of positive indicators including coal and mineral mining vacancies now at their highest level since August 2014, according to DFP Recruitment’s Mining and Resources Job Index.

The October Index rose by 8.3% nationally, contributing to a 29.3% increase in job opportunities year-on-year.

Key findings from the DFP Mining and Resources Job Index include:

  • Permanent job vacancies led the increases this month, rising 10.6%.
  • Temporary/contractor job vacancies continued to rise steadily by 5.4% in October, contributing to a 44.8% increase year on year.
  • Queensland’s recent resurgence continues with vacancies growing 14.2%, bringing growth up by 28.4% in the past quarter.
  • Western Australia’s steady improvement also continued, up by another 5.5% in October. Its index has risen by 21.7% in the past 12 months.
  • While coming off a very low base, the increased price of coal contributed to vacancies growing by 24.8% in October. Coal and mineral mining vacancies are now at their highest level since August 2014.
  • Oil and gas providers have also picked up their hiring activities, with a rise of 23.1% over the past quarter.
  • While it has been a tough market for engineering professionals, they had their biggest increase in vacancies since DFP launched its Index in 2013, rising 14.6% over October.
  • Hiring of operational management professionals is still subdued.
  • Vacancies are consistently increasing for frontline trades and operators, and this remains the strongest performing occupational category.

Click here to read the October 2016 DFP Mining and Resources Job Index.