Mining Sector Jobs Booming in 2018
If you’re looking for a job in the mines – this is great time to re-think your future because the mining sector jobs are booming again. If you’re already a tradie, start looking for jobs in the mines.
The biggest job site in Australia, SEEK, has reported that jobs in the resource sector are on the rise like never before.
17,000+ new jobs on SEEK
It’s clear the Mining, Resources & Energy was Australia’s fastest growing sector for job vacancies. With a staggering 68% rise in job opportunities year-on-year. Adding to the growth were the 17,000+ new types of roles that were advertised on SEEK website this year that last year.
Donna Ison, Principal Consultant at recruitment company Davidson, says. “There’s definitely more movement in the resources industry with exploration, production and maintenance activity all expected to increase”.
$114,414 = average mining jobs wage
These jobs have been fueled in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, which proved to be the best place to find work with some 30.1% of the total growth in the sector. Mining and resources was out in front with and the average advertised salary was $114,414. Entry-level jobs don’t command such a big salary, but like anything – you have to start somewhere and there is now a great opportunity to make a start and find work – even if you are unskilled.
Looking for a mining job – but got no experience? – Get our guide to Entry-level mining jobs here.
Recruiters are fighting for you to sign up
As demand for good employees remains strong, some job experts are informing iMINCO that employers have to start to lift their game if they want to place the best people for the job. After all – their income depends on finding the best people for their clients, or it’s game over and the client will look elsewhere.
When you’re offered a position, you should also be asking questions about the competitive salary, about how the team culture is developing and what opportunities for training and development there is. Recruiters also know that there may be other companies who are also advertising for workers with good skills who can walk into a mining job, so competition can be fierce – this is where you, the applicant, can have the deck stacked in your favour.
iMINCO as always offers solid advice to those who are looking to get into the mines. The best advice we can give is to do your research on the job being advertised. Take your time to read the job requirements and conditions of employment. Do some of your own digging and find out which mine site you could be working at.
Be prepared to fight for that mining job
TIP: go to Google Earth and take your own tour of the mine from the air. Walk through the site and get your bearings. Because when you have this information, you can talk about the layout of the mine in an interview. The location of the wash plant, the tailings ponds, haul roads, other machinery on site etc. This information is gold – so make sure you know your stuff.
Keep doing your research, find out who the recruiter is, Google him/her on LinkedIn, find them on facebook, find out their interests – this can be valuable when you start a conversation in an interview, or see if you can meet them in person.
Make sure your resume is up to date and is targeted at the job. This is one of the biggest mistakes applicants can make when applying for jobs.
There’s two things you can do to get yourself noticed;
1. Get our guide to writing perfect resumes to get that mining job you’ve always wanted
2. Download the book on how to make an everlasting impression at the interview.
Good luck with applying for every job. Remember to be positive when mining jobs are booming; and always do your research beforehand – you’ll be glad you did when it comes to being selected – or NOT!
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
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Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.