Candidates had plenty of reasons to celebrate in the lead-up to the festive season. Opportunities on SEEK grew by 13.1 percent in November compared to the same time last year. The increase was shared across 28 of 29 industries on SEEK and mining resources and energy was out in front, recording the fastest growth for 2017.
The revival of this industry over the past 12 months spells positive news, particularly for candidates in the mining-rich state of Western Australia.
“The pick-up of production activities by mining companies, especially in WA, after cutbacks over the past few years, is driving job ad growth on SEEK across the Mining, Resources and Energy industry,” says Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director of SEEK Australia and New Zealand. “While off a low base, this is the eleventh consecutive month the industry has taken the top spot for growth in job ads on SEEK, up 54 percent year-on-year this November.”
Mining leads the way
The average advertised salary for Mining, Resources and Energy in November was $116,682.
The fastest growing jobs across the industry were in Mining – Drill & Blast, which saw an increase of 84.4% from January to November compared the same period last year and the average advertised salary was $117,601. Mining Engineering and Maintenance roles also grew at a rapid pace of 84.3% and the average advertised salary was $124,453.
Further growth for Trades and Services
While candidates in Mining, Resources and Energy experienced the fastest growth in opportunities on SEEK in 2017, those in Trades and Services also saw their prospects increase rapidly throughout the year.
Based on the largest growth and volume of job ads, the trades and services roles of Welders and Boilermaker, as well as Fitters, Turners and Machinists, came in a close second. The average advertised salaries for these roles in November was $62,380 and $75,713 respectively.
Ilczynski explains that infrastructure projects on the eastern seaboard, as well as the turnaround of the mining industry, helped drive demand for these roles on SEEK in 2017.
“It’s not surprising our SEEK data revealed Welders and Boilermaker and Fitters, Turners and Machinists were among the fastest growing jobs,” he says. “These professionals play a fundamental role in helping build infrastructure to cater for our growing population, and to support the maintenance of mining equipment.”
Trends across the country
No matter where you are located across the country, your prospects on SEEK were looking up in November. In fact, growth reached impressive double-digit levels across every state except NSW, which still came close to double-digits with an increase of 9.3% year-on-year.
Australia’s smallest state recorded the biggest year-on-year growth. While coming off a low base, opportunities for candidates in Tasmania increased by24.9%. “Driving this ad uplift are Tasmania’s top advertising industries - Healthcare and Medical [up 49% year-on-year] and Trades and Services [up 93% year-on-year],” says Ilczynski.
In WA, your prospects on SEEK were up by 22% year-on-year. If you’re a candidate in the Mining, Resources and Energy, there were 49% more opportunities for you in November compared to the same in 2016.
In South Australia, growth reached 21% year-on-year while Queensland saw an increase of 17.5%. “In both states, the trades and services industry was the top advertiser on SEEK, with job ads for the industry up 28% in South Australia and up 35% in Queensland,” says Ilczynski.
Candidates in Victoria experienced a 12.5% boost in opportunities on SEEK compared to the same time last year and the information and communications technology industry, along with Trades and Services, presented the most job opportunities.
Meanwhile, the Northern Territory recorded a 15.3% year-on-year and the ACT saw a lift of 11.9%.
Australian labour market looks set to finish the year on a high with opportunities on SEEK continuing to grow in November. Candidates in Mining, Resources and Energy had even more reason to feel positive with a strong resurgence for the industry throughout the year. What does 2018 have in store for you? It could be the perfect time to plan your next move.