More than 1600 mining jobs up for grabs
More than 1600 jobs are up for grabs in the WA resources sector in the latest sign of economic improvement.
BGC Contracting has revealed it has 600 vacancies, with about half available now and the rest within three months.
About 80 per cent of those vacancies are for work in the resources sector, including plant and equipment operators, construction trades and maintenance fitters.
The Downer Group has 380 vacancies in its WA mining, engineering, construction trades and maintenance roles and Civmec said it had 155 vacancies now and another 150 resource jobs in three months.
Macmahon will recruit about 200 workers over the next couple of months, largely for work on Dacian Gold’s Mt Morgans project in the Goldfields.
The Roy Hill mine has 100 vacancies and expects to recruit 300 more workers in the next six months.
BGC Contracting chief executive Greg Heylen said the sector, and competition for workers, was “definitely picking up”.
“We have seen increased pressure on our existing workforce — through turnover — and have found it more difficult to attract new people to our projects,” Mr Heylen said.
“Trade qualified resources are difficult to source particularly for remote locations.
“This is an indicator that there are plenty of opportunities.”
BHP is advertising to fill about 40 jobs in WA, Newmont and its half-owned KCGM have more than 20 jobs available, Rio Tinto has 30 jobs on offer in WA and FMG has about 10 local vacancies.
The Environmental Protection Authority has said it has received about as many assessment proposals in the past six months as it did in each of the previous three financial years.
Project assessments are a key lead indicator for future growth.
A report by recruitment company DFP Resources said there had been 27.4 per cent jobs growth in the WA resources sector in the past year, compared with 37.3 per cent nationally.
The report shows three successive months of jobs growth in the WA sector has taken the resources jobs index to 79.73 — the best it has been in three years. Job vacancies were last at this level in October 2014.
The report said the rise in WA resources sector vacancies had exceeded growth in Queensland for the first time in six months.