Jan 24, 2020

Jobs bonanza in Queensland resources sector

Jobs bonanza in Queensland resources sector

More than 1000 mining and energy jobs are on offer in Queensland, with the majority promising a $100,000-plus pay packet.

The Queensland Resources Council is highlighting the statistics in an appeal for jobseekers to consider the lucrative options in the state’s resources sector.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the resource sector was investing and expanding operations across the state, with more than 1000 jobs currently advertised in mining, resources and energy through the SEEK employment website. 

“These are long-term jobs and can provide education and training to advance employees into the next stage of their careers,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“Yet again we are seeing very strong jobs numbers in resources when you consider this time last year there were just over 800 jobs advertised in our sector on SEEK.

“Queensland’s resources sector is now supporting one in every seven jobs, and one in every five dollars for Queensland’s economy.”

He said the mining industry had by far the highest average weekly full-time adult earnings of any industry at $2659 – or more than $138,000 per annum.

“Over 70 percent of these current vacancies are paying $100,000 or more, which is income that flows through to the local butcher, bakery and hairdresser,” Mr Macfarlane said.

Regional breakdown of SEEK vacancies in Queensland for mining, resources and energy:

Brisbane                                                               301

Gladstone and Central Queensland                111

Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast                  71

Mackay and Coalfields                                      323

Townsville                                                            56

Mount Isa                                                             51

Toowoomba and Darling Downs                    53

Roma                                                                   16

Cairns & Far North                                           35

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