The latest employment data from online jobs platform Seek confirms there are jobs aplenty in Queensland – particularly in the mining, resources and energy sector – the Queensland Resources Council says.
As of late last week, there were 1,129 jobs advertised in the areas of mining, resources and energy, with 821 of those paying more than $100,000 per year.
In May, total job advertisements across all industries in Queensland were up more than 160 percent versus May 2020.
Demand for state’s commodities expected to rise
According to the Resources Council Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, there’s never been a better time to get a job in the resources sector, with demand for the state’s commodities expected to increase over the next decade.
“A national commodity outlook released last week forecast demand for aluminium will grow by more than 45 percent out to 2030, metallurgical coal will rise by around 24 percent and seaborne thermal coal by more than 23 percent in the same period. World zinc consumption will jump by 12 percent,” he said.
“Copper consumption is projected to significantly increase to support the electrification of the global economy, along with the increase in demand for critical minerals used in the manufacture of emerging green technologies.”
Macfarlane commented that jobs in the resources sector tend to be well paid and offer professional career paths.
An inclusive and diverse culture in the workplace
“Resources is also the state’s largest private employer of Indigenous people and we’ve increased the level of female participation in our sector by 52 percent over the past five years, which shows resources companies are working hard to provide an inclusive and diverse workplace culture,” he said.
The top three locations currently offering the highest number of mining industry jobs in Queensland are Brisbane at 268, followed by 248 jobs in the Mackay and Coalfields region, and 74 jobs in Gladstone.
Other major centres offering jobs in resources are Townsville with 66 jobs available, followed by the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast region at 55 jobs, Western Queensland at 47, and Mt Isa at 32.