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


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

21 August 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 RESA South Australia Mining and Resources Jobs Reports Vacancy Analysis provides a lead indicator of hiring intentions and market sentiment. 

 In July 2018, 255 mining and resources advertisements for jobs were placed for roles in South Australia.  This is a 44% increase from the advertisements at the same time last year.  This overall growth has been consistent over the past 24 months and continues a strong recovery from the downturn and the impact of economic drivers on the resources sector in SA.

Job Ads analysis for 2017-18 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.  Graph below shows this year’s result as a percentage of the previous year’s advertisements.  Twenty-four months of positive growth provides a leading indicator of employment intentions (labour demand) in the South Australian Mining Industry.

The graph below shows professional occupations are in most demand at 39% of total vacancies. Professional demand is predominantly for Engineering roles particularly for Mining, Reliability and Project engineers. 

Trade occupations represent one third of total vacancies.  The trade occupations in most demand were drill fitters, diesel fitters/ diesel mechanics and auto electricians.

 Entry level roles increased from June but are consistent with average vacancies in the previous few months.

In July 27% of advertised jobs were in the Maintenance, Mechanical/Metal fields, down from 36% in the previous month.  The proportion of Equipment operators was consistent with the previous month.  Engineering/Engineering Management subsector vacancies increased to 25% of total jobs, the highest level recorded for 2018. Drilling and blasting were consistent with previous months in exploration and oil and gas 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.  Vacancies were listed by 91 different companies – continuing the high level of diversity in employment opportunities.   

 44% of the roles advertised were explicitly for non-metropolitan South Australia. Of the vacancies advertised in Adelaide 25% were for Mechanical /Maintenance occupations.  Engineering occupations represented 23% of advertised Adelaide vacancies.  Occupations that are likely to be undertaken in regional SA but listed as Adelaide vacancies made up 36% of the Adelaide job advertisements.

 Of the vacancies advertised in Coober Pedy and Outback SA roles in Mechanical/Metal – Maintenance decreased to 29%, Equipment Operator vacancies decreased to 19%.  Engineering roles increased to 21% of the total vacancies.

 In July, 11 vacancies were listed for jobs interstate (not included in total) for positions requiring relocation interstate, with an additional 5 vacancies FIFO from Adelaide to jobs located in WA or QLD.

During July 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.

 The sector has continued to generate a broad range of new job opportunities across industry sectors.  The high demand for trades (particularly fitter, diesel and auto electrical trades) continues which has potential to become a problem for both mining operators and the supply chain. In July, the proportion of engineering roles increased across both regional and metropolitan locations.

 Mining operators, labour hire, contractor and recruitment companies were all strongly represented in the types of employers indicating job opportunities arising across all tiers of 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.