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In WA, drill and blast engineers and geotechnical engineers are in high demand.
In WA, drill and blast engineers and geotechnical engineers are in high demand.

New report lists top skills in demand

Mechanical fitters, blast engineers and diesel mechanics with quarry experience are just a few of the roles that remain the most in demand throughout the Australian resources sector.

The Resources & Mining April – June Quarterly Report, from Hays Specialist Recruitment, examines Australia’s employment demands in the resources and mining industry and lists the trends throughout each state quarterly.

According to the recruitment agency’s report, a national trend noted for the April to June period was the ‘increased focus on creating a diverse workforce’. It signalled that candidates who can strengthen diversity within an organisation are in high demand.

In Queensland, there is a high need for fitters, operators and lead study managers. The report noted that many of the major mining companies have been searching for candidates interstate due to a lack of skilled personnel.

Within New South Wales, demand for maintenance tradespeople with experience in mining equipment has increased. According to the report, this is linked to demand in mines in the Hunter Valley region.

On the other hand, mining shutdowns in South Australia are leading to a short supply of rubber liners. However, this hasn’t stopped other recent projects being put in motion, and as a result, drillers and mechanical fitters are in high demand.

Hays also noted that mechanical fitters and boiler makers/welders are in high demand in Victoria, as many candidates have moved into manufacturing and operations roles. Diesel mechanics with quarry experience are also required, as Melbourne’s quarries are currently very active.

According to the Hays report, jobseekers in Western Australia are very flexible in the roles they will accept. In WA, drill and blast engineers and geotechnical engineers are in high demand, as many left the industry when jobs were cut. As the market improves, there is reportedly a shortage of quality candidates.

A leading global specialist recruiting group operating for 40 years, Hays operates across the private and public sectors in the Asia-Pacific region, the UK, continental Europe and Latin America.

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Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 06:47pm
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