With the off-take of a range of new mines across Australia, there will be 21,000 jobs available to those with the right skills.
Published On : 25 Sep 2019
Australia’s mining industry will require around 21,000 new onsite operational employees by 2024 in order to meet the demand for mining projects.
The forecast was made by the 2019-2024 Mining Workforce report released by the Australian Resources and Energy Group, AMMA.
It found that 57 projects worth $41 billion, either ‘committed’ or considered ‘likely’ by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, will demand 20,767 on-site operating employees by 2024.
A breakdown of some skills and occupations that will be required are:
- Mining plant operators
- Heavy diesel fitters
- Trades such as; electrical, mechanical and maintenance
- Supervisors, management, administration and other white collar roles
- Engineers, technicians, geologists, and other related roles.
AMMA chief executive Steve Knott said, “Australia’s mining industry is facing new workforce demand at levels not seen since the previous investment and construction ‘boom’.”
State-by-state analysis shows Western Australia will have the greatest new mining workforce demand, with 30 projects coming online between now and 2024.
Mr Knott urged the mining industry to work collaboratively with government in order to avoid a scenario where mining projects were delayed by skills shortages, or competing for engineers, trades and skilled operators.
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