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South Australia Mining and Energy Jobs Report Vacancy Analysis - January 2018


South Australia Mining and Energy Jobs Report Vacancy Analysis - January 2018

6 February 2018

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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 January 2018, 266 mining and resources advertisements for jobs were placed for roles in South Australia, an increase from December and the second highest result reported in the past 2 years. This is a promising result, especially with the expected slowing of jobs advertised due to shutdowns in the holiday period.

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. Twenty months of positive growth provides a leading indicator of employment intentions (labour demand) in the South Australian Mining Industry.

The graph below shows that over half of the January 2018 vacancies were for trade level occupations and over 20% for professional roles across industry sectors.

The greatest demand was for trade occupations, particularly Diesel Fitters and Auto Electricians.

For the second consecutive month, there has been an increase in proportion of Maintenance, Mechanical /Metal followed by Equipment Operators and Engineering /Engineering management.  In January, we have also seen some opportunities in Geoscience /Surveying professional level occupations.

In January 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. 88 different companies listed vacancies, up 24 from last month which is indicative of an increasing range of companies operating and growing to support the sector.  There was also an increase in vacancies in the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula.

54% of the roles advertised were explicitly for non-metropolitan South Australia. Of the vacancies advertised in Adelaide 26% were for Mechanical /Maintenance occupations, 12% for both Business services and Engineering occupations. Electrotechnology /Oil and Gas /Geoscience also all increased in January.  44% of vacancies are for occupations that are likely to be undertaken in regional SA but listed as Adelaide vacancies, including over 40 FIFO positions to be undertaken in the Pilbara, WA

Of the vacancies advertised in Coober Pedy and Outback SA Mechanical/Metal - Maintenance roles increased to 46%, Equipment Operator roles were 14% of vacancies.

During January the number of positions advertised was more than double the vacancies listed in the same period in 2017.  This continues consistent growth in employment opportunities in the resources sector since February 2016.

Of note this month is that in addition to the SA vacancies listed a further ten vacancies were listed for job opportunities requiring relocation, in Western Australia, NSW and Queensland.  The occupations for interstate jobs included Auto Electricians, Plant Operators and Diesel Fitters.  These are occupations already in demand in SA. It is important to consider the impact of skilled South Australian workers being drawn to opportunities interstate in occupations already in demand.

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.