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


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

9 October 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 September 2017, 269 mining and resources advertisements for jobs were placed for roles in South Australia. These results are the highest number of vacancies since May 2013.

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.  Graph 2 shows this year’s result as a percentage of the previous year’s advertisements.  Fifteen months of positive growth provides a leading indicator of employment intentions (labour demand) in the South Australian Mining Industry.

Graph 3 shows that in September 2017 trades, operators and professionals shared in the greatest job demand.  The distribution of the demand for occupations has shifted from supervisor/managers to trades.

The occupational breakdown for September shows not much change in the distribution since August.  

In September 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 September, positions advertised in the Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula region have increased to 9% of overall vacancies. Advertisers in the region have included Lucas Total Contract Solutions, GFG Alliance, Hays Resources and Mining and BGC Contracting and contractor companies.

In addition, just under 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 September the number of positions advertised was the highest RESA has recorded since May 2013.  This continues consistent growth in employment opportunities in the resources sector since February 2016.

Job opportunities have been listed by over 85 individual companies made up of mining companies, recruitment and labour hire companies and METS sector organisations. This represents a very diverse workforce for the sector.

It is expected that projects such as Iluka’s Jacinth Ambrosia mine, Oz Minerals’ Carrapateena mine and the development of SIMEC - Liberty Onsteel will continue to ongoing growth in the near future.

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.