City and country mining jobs’ boom in Qld

  • Posted 10 June, 2021
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10 June 2021


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The latest SEEK employment data confirms there are jobs aplenty in Queensland, particularly in the mining, resources and energy sector.

As of today, there are 1129 jobs advertised in the areas of mining, resources and energy, with 821 paying more than $100,000 per year.

In May, total job advertisements across all industries in Queensland were up more than 160 per cent on May 2020.

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said there’s never been a better time to get a job in the resources sector, with demand for Queensland commodities expected to increase over the next decade.

“A national commodity outlook released last week forecast demand for aluminium will grow by more than 45 percent out to 2030, metallurgical coal will rise by around 24 percent and seaborne thermal coal by more than 23 percent in the same period, and world zinc consumption will jump by 12 percent,” he said.

“Copper consumption is projected to significantly increase to support the electrification of the global economy, along with the increase in demand for critical minerals used in the manufacture of emerging green technologies.”

Mr Macfarlane said jobs in the resources sector are well paid and offer people a safe and professional career path.

“Resources is also the state’s largest private employer of Indigenous people and we’ve increased the level of female participation in our sector by 52 percent over the past five years, which shows resources companies are working hard to provide an inclusive and diverse workplace culture,” he said.

The top three locations currently offering the highest number of mining industry jobs in Queensland are Brisbane at 268, followed by 248 jobs in the Mackay and Coalfields region and 74 jobs in Gladstone.

Other major centres offering jobs in resources are Townsville with 66 jobs available, followed by the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast region at 55 jobs, Western Queensland at 47 and Mt Isa at 32.


Media contact: Rachel Stewart, 0408 130 767