JOB opportunities in the resource industry are 7.1% higher than six months ago although vacancies have been slow to respond to rises in bulk commodity prices, according the latest DFP Mining and Resources Job Index.

Key findings from the DFP Index include:

  • The national index increased by 0.7% in April.
  • Despite expected rises in bulk commodity prices in 2016, increases in job vacancies in the mining and resources sector have been slower to respond.
  • Whilst vacancies are down 12.9% year on year, figures are however 7.1% higher than six months ago.
  • Temporary/contractor job vacancies are down by 31.7% from 12 months ago, conversely, permanent vacancies are up by 7.7% against this time last year.
  • Western Australia remains weak and fell another 4% in April and is now down 14.3% for the quarter.
  • Queensland’s figures saw further improvement with a 9% rise in April; its third consecutive monthly increase.
  • The recent strength in exploration has seen demand increase by 8.5% in the last quarter and its market share of vacancies is up by 8% against other sectors of the mining industry.

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