Resources industry crying out for workers
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane said there were close to 1400 Queensland job vacancies in mining, resources and energy on the employment website SEEK.
“To borrow the famous quote from Lord Kitchener, ‘we want you’ to apply for a job in resources and fill these vacancies,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“Jobs in the resources sector are good jobs. Resource jobs are well-paid jobs. The mining industry has by far the highest average weekly full-time adult earnings of any industry at $2659 – or over $138,000 per annum.
“Our sector continues to drive economic opportunities both in the regions and the larger cities and if we are to maintain this momentum and increase royalties the sector needs people operating the machinery, loading the ships and working with communities.”
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data revealed the sector was creating a job every hour or 8400 new jobs over the last 12 months.
The Queensland resources sector supports more than 280,000 full-time jobs and contributed over $55 billion to the State’s economy in 2016/17.
Advertised jobs in Qld for mining, resources and energy (SEEK):
|Gladstone and Central Queensland||161|
|Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast||115|
|Mackay and Coalfields||519|
|Toowoomba and Darling Downs||43|
|Roma and Western Queensland||87