POSITIVE news continues to emerge for job prospects in the Mining and Resources sector.

Latest figures from DFP Recruitment’s national Mining and Resources Job Index highlights bright employment prospects, with year-on-year job vacancies now 33.2 per cent higher compared to May 2017.

The recruitment services provider said permanent job vacancies were up 4.4 per cent for the month of May and have now risen 38.3 per cent in 12 months.

Temporary/Contractor job vacancies were up 3 per cent for the month with a 26.3 per cent rise over the past 12 months.

Western Australia experienced a solid increase in May, up 5.8 per cent.

Despite a slow start to 2018, the state is now up 28.6 per cent in year-on-year figures.

In contrast, Queensland’s year-on-year growth is up 44.4 per cent, despite a 0.3 per cent downward trend in May.

Metal Ore Mining had a strong month with vacancies up 6.0 per cent, amounting to a 43.4 per cent increase over 12 months.

Coal and Mineral Mining had an increase of 1.1 per cent in May with vacancies up 42.9 per cent over 12 months.

Strong recent growth continues in the Oil and Gas sector with a further 5.3 per cent increase for the month bringing the rise to 19.6 per cent for the quarter.

“The biggest occupational growth in May was for Operational Management,” DFP Recruitment CEO Robert van Stokrom said.

“This group has lagged other categories but we have started to see a lift in opportunities with a 7.8 per cent increase in May.”

Riggers and Labourers continue to lead the way as the best performing job group, with vacancies rising another 3.4 per cent in May.