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


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

5 April 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 March 2018, 228 mining and resources advertisements for jobs were placed for roles in South Australia. Although this is a decline from previous months, it is still a strong result and reflects substantial growth when compared to March 2017.  This growth has been consistent over the past 24 months and indicates a strong recovery from the downturn and the impact of economic drivers on the resources sector in SA.

Job Ads analysis for 2016-18 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.  Twenty-two months of positive growth provides a leading indicator of employment intentions (labour demand) in the South Australian Mining Industry.

The graph below shows that almost half of the March 2018 vacancies were for trade level occupations and 25% for professional roles across industry sectors.  There was a shift from February with the proportion of trade roles increasing 5% and the need for operators declining by 10%.

The trade occupation demand was predominantly for drill fitters, diesel fitters/ diesel mechanics and auto electricians.

In March 36% of advertised jobs were in the Maintenance, Mechanical/Metal fields.  The proportion of Equipment operators, Engineering/Engineering Management and Drilling and Blasting roles (mostly drill fitters) were similar to February.

In March 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.  Vacancies were listed by 85 different companies, with emerging opportunities from 10 Geoscience and Oil and Gas companies.

55% of the roles advertised were explicitly for non-metropolitan South Australia. Of the vacancies advertised in Adelaide 25% were for Mechanical /Maintenance occupations, with the proportion of Engineering occupations consistent at 19%.  Occupations that are likely to be undertaken in regional SA but listed as Adelaide vacancies made up 44% of the Adelaide job advertisements.

Of the vacancies advertised in Coober Pedy and Outback SA 40% were for roles in Mechanical/Metal – Maintenance and 30 % were Equipment Operator vacancies, which is expected in locations where mine operations are situated.  In March 13% of vacancies were for Engineering roles indicating reflecting an increase in technical and leadership opportunities.

In March, 11 vacancies were listed for jobs interstate (FIFO from Adelaide) and an additional 8 vacancies (not included in total) for positions requiring relocation interstate.

During March the number of positions advertised saw substantial growth on the vacancies listed in the same period in 2017.  This continues consistent growth in employment opportunities in the resources sector since February 2016.

As observed in February there continues to be job advertisements in South Australia for opportunities interstate, particularly in Maintenance / Mechanical and Operator roles, occupations also in high demand in South Australia.  This could be early signs of emerging skills shortages in these roles.

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.