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South Australia Mining and Energy Jobs Report Vacancy Analysis - July 2017


South Australia Mining and Energy Jobs Report Vacancy Analysis - July 2017

7 August 2017

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The Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance collects and analyses South Australian resources sector jobs data and has done so for more than five years.  The Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance’s South Australia Mining and Energy Jobs Report is a leading indicator of hiring intentions and market sentiment.  In July 2017, 177 mining and resources advertisements for jobs were placed for roles in South Australia. Following a slight dip in the number of advertisements towards the end of the financial year, the vacancies listed has risen. 

The results to date for Quarter 1 2017/18 suggest there will continue to be an overall increase in the number of advertisements, following consistent growth over the past 12 months.


Job Ads analysis for 2016-17 indicates that the number of jobs advertised has remained significantly and consistently higher when indexed in a simple comparison against the corresponding month in the previous year.  The graph below shows this year’s result as a percentage of the previous year’s advertisements. Fourteen months of positive growth provides a leading indicator of employment intentions (labour demand) in the South Australian Mining Industry.  

The graph below shows that in July 2017 professionals and trades shared in the greatest job demand. The distribution of the demand for occupations has not altered significantly in the past month.

The occupational breakdown for July shows that Engineering/Engineering Management, Equipment Operators and Maintenance/Mechanical roles each represent approximately 20% of the overall vacancies.   There has been a slight increase in the proportion of Electrotechnology (7%) roles.

In July the Adelaide metropolitan area continued to be the region for the majority of the positions advertised. With Coober Pedy and Outback SA continuing to be the second most advertised region.

In July, positions advertised in the Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula region have increased to 8% of overall vacancies. Advertisers in the region have included Nyrstar Port Pirie Pty Ltd, Arrium Mining and contractor companies.

In addition, just over 50% of the roles advertised were explicitly for non-metropolitan South Australia, a positive indicator for regional employment as projects in the regions are continuing to be developed and operated.

During the last twelve month period the number of advertised vacancies has continued to increase.. South Australia has recorded significant growth in jobs advertised, at a rate 131% - 326% of the previous years’ advertisements.

Following the July 5th announcement that English company Liberty House have signed an agreement for Arrium steelworks, we are already seeing  opportunities for the Whyalla community. In addition, BHP Billiton, Challenger Gold Mine , Oz Minerals and Nyrstar Port Pirie Pty Ltd have been actively recruiting to meet the needs of ongoing projects.

Jodie Badcock - RESA

Author: Jodie Badcock


Jodie has over 20 years’ experience in the development and implementation of employment and educational programs. She has project managed national industry driven government funded programs ($5m) and, as a technical specialist, managed the maintenance and development of the Australian nationally endorsed competencies and qualifications for the resources and infrastructure sectors.

Her experience has included industry and enterprise workforce analysis and capability studies commissioned by state government and industry bodies, particularly in mining and the civil construction sectors. She has experience in project management, workforce planning and compliance, program development and implementation, facilitating industry consultation and contract management.

Jodie has worked in Central America and the United Kingdom and provided VET consulting/advisory services to companies in Malaysia.