Queensland resources sector creates more jobs to SEEK

17 May 2018

New jobs in the Queensland resources sector advertised online have increased by 91% compared over the last 12 months, highlighting improved confidence and industry outlook, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

Mr Macfarlane said online employment market SEEK found new jobs advertised in the mining, resources and energy sector had the highest growth in Queensland compared to 2017.

Kendra Banks, SEEK ANZ Managing Director said:

“New job ads in Mining, Resources & Energy increased across all states with Queensland (91% year on year), Victoria (86% YoY) and New South Wales (62% YoY) driving growth in the sector.”

Mr Macfarlane said the Queensland resources industry supported one in every eight jobs – or 282,000 full-time equivalent jobs – across the State.

“Improved prices and strong international demand is increasing confidence, investment, exports and mostly, jobs,” he said.

“Last financial year, direct full-time equivalent jobs in the resources sector grew by 12.7% to 38,150.”

Mr Macfarlane said there was renewed interest in careers in the resources sector.

“Mining company New Hope advertised for eight plant operator traineeships with two at its West Moreton operations near Rosewood and six at its New Acland operations. They received more than 300 applications in response,” he said.

The Queensland Resources Council is the peak representative body for Queensland’s resource industry. The Queensland resources industry provides one in every $6 dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in eight Queensland jobs, and supports more than 16,400 business across the State all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.


Media contact: Kirby Anderson 0400 206 502 or kirbya@qrc.org.au