WHILE still indicating a mixed bag for employment in the Australian resource industry, the latest DFP Mining & Resources Job Index shows further signs of stabilisation with a 0.1% rise in job advertisements in October and a promising rise in permanent vacancies in the past quarter.

Other key findings from the resource industry’s most comprehensive analysis of job vacancies include:

  • The number of vacancies advertised nationally has fallen 35.7% in 12 months
  • Permanent vacancies have risen 5.7% in the last quarter and 2.9% in the last 6 months
  • Temporary and contracting vacancies have fallen 15.4% in the last quarter and 38.3% over the past 6 months
  • Improved hiring in WA has seen vacancies increase by 4% over the quarter.  Western Australia is still down by 11.7% over the past 6 months
  • Queensland is still yet to see signs of any improvement and is down 12.9% over the quarter and 29.2% over the past 6 months
  • The increase last month for engineering professionals was short lived with a decrease in October of 3.2% and their index is now down 44.1% over the past 12 months
  • Oil and gas extraction remains the weakest sector for hiring and fell a further 8.9% in October and declining  49.6% in 12 months

Click here for all the detail in the October 2015 DFP Mining and Resources Job Index.