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


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

8 November 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 October 2017, 191 mining and resources advertisements for jobs were placed for roles in South Australia. While these results are down on the previous 2 months, the number of jobs advertised has almost doubled from October 2016. Slowing of jobs advertised is also to be expected coming into the holiday period in preparation for shutdowns.

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 shows this year’s result as a percentage of the previous year’s advertisements.  Seventeen 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 in October 2017 there was a shift to professional roles being the most in demand. Although trade and operator occupations dropped in demand to be the second and third most advertised, there is still strong demand for these occupations.

The occupational breakdown for October shows an increase in the proportion of equipment operators, as well as an increase in environmental occupations. There was a decrease in maintenance, mechanical/metal although they still represent over 20% of vacancies.

In October 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 addition, just under 50% of the roles advertised were explicitly for non-metropolitan South Australia. Of the vacancies advertised in Adelaide over 40% were in occupations such as drilling and blasting, equipment operation and mechanical / metal – occupations likely to be undertaken in regional areas.

This is a positive indicator for regional employment as projects in the regions are continuing to be developed and operated.  

During October the number of positions advertised more than double the vacancies listed in the same period in 2016.  This continues consistent growth in employment opportunities in the resources sector since February 2016.

Job opportunities have been listed by over 77 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.

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.