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 Seek.com.au vaulted almost 30 per cent during the July – September quarter when compared to last year.
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.
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.