Skills Shortage - Resource Sector Jobs Opportunities

Skills Shortage – Job Opportunities

Skills Shortage Australia Resource Sector - iMINCOThe current skills shortage in the resource sector is still affecting the development of major projects in Australia. Mining recruitment companies like Stellar Recruitment recently said there are indications that Australia will continue to see a strong demand for qualified people in the resources sector.

A recent survey shows Australia still has a skills shortage in the resources industry.

Stellar’s recent resources industry survey reveals that along with a skills shortage, that wages for jobs in the mines have remained steady or have slightly increased over the past year, across the Queensland Coal Seam Gas and mining industry.

The figures have been collated based on answers to the Stellar Recruitment database of candidates and clients and found there is absolutely a skills shortage with a particular focus on engineers, geologists and electrical tradies.

Overall, Stellar`s outlook is bullish for the coming year ahead.

When studying the findings in detail Stellar revealed that upper management positions remained the highest paid jobs in the resources sector in central Queensland .

Salaries of Jobs in The Mines and Resource Sector

  • General Manager of a mine:� $300,000 and $380,000 per annum (pa), (the same as the height of the “mining boom”� in 2011)
  • Mine Project Manager : earn between $220, 000 and $320,000 pa (again no change since 2011)
  • Health, safety, environment and training jobs in the mines: Earn between $90,000 and $230,000pa – depending on how far up the ladder they sit. (A slight fall from $250,000 in 2011)
  • Engineers in the mines: Between $120,000 to $175,000pa (again the same amount they were in 2011)
  • A diesel fitter in an above ground mine: Between $125,000 and $135,000 pa (which is� higher than in 2011)
  • Boilermakers in the mines: can expect between $120,000 and $130,000pa (up $10,000 on 2011)
  • Plant operators in open cut mines: from $115,000 to� $140,000pa, ( the same as 2011).

Andy Marsland, Stellar`s division manager for energy, oil and gas, says this year will see a peak in construction in the Coal Seam Gas (SCG) sector, which is going to drive demand for skills in that area. Following this there will be an increased demand for ongoing operations skills.

What courses can you do to get into a management job in the resource industry?

There are many pathways to a management role in the industry. For a few people, this can be achieved through years of work and ‘learning the ropes’ as they progress through their career. In today’s competitive jobs market, there is a real focus on qualifications, experience and above all, an absolute requirement for management personnel to be highly skilled in developing the human potential of their employees – whist all the while educating their teams on safety awareness and how to manage risk in the workplace.

The types of jobs in the mines in resource sector that will be in demand in the future will involve team building and management.

If you are the type of person who enjoys working with and developing teams, then you’ve got a pretty good future ahead.

For people looking to further their mining career or for people looking to take advantage of the current skills shortage, here is a list of courses you can do to increase your employment opportunities in the resource sector.

Reference: Stellar Survey Reveals a Current Skills Shortage

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  1. [email protected] August 25, 2013 Reply

    Im from Vancouver canada
    If I take these courses
    Would I be eligible to work in Australia

    • Author
      John August 26, 2013

      Hi Shelly.

      It all depends on your age and if you can work in a mining operation for a longer period of time – depending on your visa. Many people come to Australia for a working holiday, however there are constraints around where you can work and for how long. Check out the Australian government website first for more information. In the mean time, download the Mining Jobs Guide 2013 e-book – it is full of information on mining in Australia and how to go about learning more about the industry to make you more employable.

      iMINCO Mining Information
      R.E. I an from Canada – would I be eligible to work for a mining company if I did training courses?

  2. Martin Blain August 23, 2013 Reply

    I am a Mechanical and Production Engineer and have been trying to use my skills and experience to join the Mining Industry in Australia. Unfortunately I am having problems penetrating the Brick Wall of no mining experience therefore not of any use?
    I would like to find some one to present my CV to that could at least take another look and determine where I am be of value to the Australian Mining Industry – either in the Support / Planning sector or as an Engineer in the minerals movement sector —– Can you help please.

    Yours sincerely

    Martin Blain

    • Author
      John August 26, 2013

      Hi Martin.. thanks for talking the time to write to iMINCO.

      Good timing on your part because we are offering a free resume evaluation for a limited time. Go here: for your free resume evaluation. Enter your details and upload your information. There’s no cost involved for one of the resume writers to have a look over your resume. They’ll make some recommendations as to how you can improve it – and if you want to go ahead you can pay the small fee. It’s well worth it, because there is a science to writing a resume that gets it past the auto-scanning software, then it has to appeal to a human and be good enough to spark the interest of the recruitment officer. From here on in, it’s where you get to shine in the interview and show the recruitment or mining company what you can do.

      iMINCO Mining Information
      R.E. My resume is not up to scratch to get me a job in the mining and resource sector.

  3. [email protected] August 22, 2013 Reply


    im looking for a job in the mines and im also looking for mining courses in melbourne victoria but cant find any anywhere around here so if you know any place where you could get courses.

    • Author
      John August 26, 2013

      Hello there…
      You can do a mining induction course in Melbourne… give Industry Pathways a call on (07) 5520 2522 fore more details. There’s a lot of courses you can do to increase your mining job opportunities. But first, talk so someone who can give you good advice and can help you understand the industry. Download the free e-book too – Mining Jobs Guide 2013.

      Information for New Starters in the industry

      iMINCO Mining Information
      R.E. Are there any mining training courses in Melbourne.

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