Resilient Queensland mining industry records 5 per cent growth in jobs

COVID-19 has impacted many industries but the Queensland mining and resources industry has shown incredible strength to actually grow in 2020.

Independent research carried out by technology firm CoverCard for the Minerals Council of Australia has revealed that the sector grew by five per cent in the first quarter of 2020 despite the impacts of COVID-19.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane welcomed the announcement and described the Queensland mining and energy sectors were a “life raft” for the Queensland economy, boosting jobs, income and investment opportunities.

“In spite of everything COVID-19 has thrown at us, the mining and energy sector continues to be the backbone of the Queensland economy,” Macfarlane said.

“Our companies have put in a huge effort to introduce strict COVID-19 protocols across our 372 000-strong workforces, and as a result, we’ve been able to maintain full production and keep our employees working, earning and spending in their communities.”


Other findings from the report show promising signs for Australian mining

The improvement in Queensland was not the only positive findings in the CoverCard report, which showed that there was growth across the sector including:

  • Job demand across Australia rising 120 per cent from 2016 to the final quarter of 2018 with 16,000 vacant positions available (up from 6000)
  • Queensland made up 29 per cent of all job demand across Australia, behind only the thriving Western Australia sector (33 per cent of all advertised jobs). NSW was in third place at 22 per cent.
  • Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) made up almost half of all advertised positions in the Northern Territory while the largest growth in references to FIFO was in NSW

MCA General Manager – Workforce Dr Gavin Lind said the results were not only encouraging but would help fill gaps in regional areas by discovering which positions had the highest vacancy rates.

‘This analysis not only shows an industry continuing to grow and employ people in regional Australia, but it will also help people wanting to work in mining to target their choice of qualification,’ Dr Lind said.

‘Training institutions will also now have better information on which qualifications are most in-demand across mining regions.’


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