Mining jobs forecast – 287,000 new construction jobs

Mining jobs boost – 287,000 new construction jobs forecast

Australian mining jobs forecast

In an address to the Australian Mines and Metals Association`s Migration and Labour Sourcing Conference, Migration Minister Chris Bowen, said Australia is experiencing the largest mining boom on record. There are currently 98 major mining projects at an advanced stage of development, representing proposed capital expenditure of over $260 billion. And there is a further $243billion in capital expenditure in the pipeline for less advanced projects. This means a lot of mining jobs will be created (287,000 mining jobs) .

The profile of investment means that we’re seeing significant amounts of project construction all coming online around the same time, creating up to 287,000 new construction jobs through to 2018. That’s over 28 per cent of Australia’s current construction workforce.

89,000 new permanent jobs by 2016

Skilling more Australians, improving domestic labour mobility, overcoming barriers such as conflicting trade licensing arrangements and immigration can all play an important role in ensuring skills shortages don’t stand in the way of economic growth in the mining sector and that Australians benefits from the permanent mine jobs that flow from these projects. Job growth from the mining and resource sector investment is huge, with more than 89,000 new jobs expected to be created to 2016 in non-oil and gas operations alone.

Government investing $15.6 billion in training

The Australian government’s number one focus is for Australians to benefit from developments in the resources sector and to create mining jobs for those people who wish to work in the sector and have the right qualifications and experience. There’s an enormous effort underway to up-skill and train Australians (mining job ready programs), with $15.6 billion in skills and training over the next four years to make this happen.

However, these developments need to be complemented by a skilled migration program – both permanent and temporary – to ensure that workforce shortages don’t threaten economic growth and jobs creation, especially in the mining sector.

Many projects are being stalled because of the lack of skilled migrants, also the number of 457 visas (90,000 – mostly WA), have risen 77% in the last 12 months in the mining sector to 6,500, construction 457s are up 55% to 9200.

Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMAs) essentially allow the government and project developers to negotiate one labour agreement – or Deed of Agreement to cover a project. Subcontractors who want to avail themselves of the agreement enter into a direct contract with the government that mirrors the overarching deed.

Any company seeking an EMA must first show that they are faced with genuine skills shortages (lack of qualified people to fill mining jobs vacancies) and provide exacting detail on how these skills shortages negatively impact or hamper their mining project.

The 457 visa program and the other steps are well-targeted and responsive measures to help meet Australia’s economic needs while continuing to ensure opportunities aren’t lost for Australian workers, especially in the mining and resource sector.

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Mining jobs boost “ 287,000 new mining construction jobs forecast to 2018
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  1. shahnaz savage August 9, 2012 Reply

    It does not matter how many mining jobs are created. We are told constantly mines are hiring and I hear all the time that people are quitting their jobs to go to the mines. My son and my husband are tradesmen, damn good ones extremely busy and overbooked, but apparently not up to the mines standards. They have applied couple of times and did not get any feedback. My son was contracted out to one mine for a short time. They wanted him full time but due to some conditions he declined their offer. By the way my son is an electrician and my husband is a plumber/drainer/gas fitter and a green plumber.

    • Pete August 9, 2012

      Hi Shahnaz
      There’s always a lot of discussion about mine jobs and how difficult it is to get into the mines. There’s 2 sides to the story of course. I’ve read about people who have sent out dozens of resumes’ called mining companies and recruitment agencies, spoke direct with recruitment people too, visited mining expos, got themselves into situations where they pull in every favour they can from friends and colleagues to tell them if they hear of any jobs going. There are a lot of factors to getting a well paid mining job. You need the skills that are in demand (and it sounds like your son and husband are highly skilled too), the right attitude, the ability to FIFO most of the time and just like your son did, he got into the mines, but for some reason he declined the offer. If the conditions are putting your son in danger, then there’s no point in working for a mining company that puts people’s lives at risk. We all hear stories about this in the news, but the majority of mining companies have very strict safety rules and policies in place to prevent accidents. I always tell people not to give up and keep sending out resumes to the companies you want to work for, make your resume and cover letter mining focused (look at these mining resume tips)..and you can even get a professional resume written to boost your chances of getting an interview. There was an interesting discussion on mining jobs on facebook the other day, have a read of this one and you’ll see there are two very different sides to the story, you’ll find it helpful I’m sure.

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