The latest Hays Jobs Report on skills ‘hot spots’ reflects the reawakening of Queensland’s mining industry over the past 12 months.
It reports strong demand for technical professionals, including mining engineers, geotechnical engineers, geologists and surveyors with underground experience.
There is also increased demand for professionals within mineral processing, including metallurgists and lab technicians.
Hays says dump truck, drill and process operators have also been highly sought after to keep up with increased production targets.
Maintenance needs are in ‘overdrive’ according to the recruitment firm, driving high demand for trades such as mechanical fitters, boilermakers, electricians, diesel fitters and auto electricians.
“As candidate shortages intensify, skilled professionals are aware of the demand for their skills,” the Hays Jobs Report notes.
“In order to remain competitive and attract the top talent, employers are offering more flexible working rosters, relocation packages and allowances.
“The rise of the mining industry across coal and mineral processing combined with the skills shortage means there are strong opportunities in Queensland for suitably qualified candidates.”