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Mining jobs back with a bang

Haulage truck at the Rio Tinto West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of West Australia Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AAP Image/Alan Porritt)

The toast of the Aussie economy is back.

Mining jobs, once the engine of our economy with workers earning outlandish sums of money for doing fly-in fly out (FIFO) stints in the outback, are enjoying a comeback.

Roles in mining, resources and energy advertised on vaulted almost 30 per cent during the July – September quarter when compared to last year.

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Mining job ads in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and WA all lifted around 30 per cent on average, new figures from Seek show.

Mining jobs in Tasmania lifted a massive 74 per cent, alongside a rise in the ACT, although job ads in the Norther Territory – traditionally a huge mining region – fell.

The even better news is the (advertised) salaries in the mining sector, have jumped over 10 per cent in the past year.

And you don’t even need to be a tradie or truck driver to get in on the action. Some resources jobs don’t even require you to live in the middle of nowhere.

Mining jobs advertised include a business development analyst based in Perth, paying a cool $130-$150K; health and safety advisor in Brisbane; and mining village chefs,  all paying in the $120-$150K range.

Other mining roles include a boilermaker in Pilbara, underground labourers and fitters in NSW, and an industrial painter offering a $3000 ‘retention bonus.’

There are currently well over 12,000 mining and resource jobs advertised on Seek, paying over $120,000, with 5,000 jobs paying over the $200K mark.

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The sector currently employs around 226,500 people (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 1.8 per cent of the total workforce in Australia.