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Mining engineering workers ‘in high demand’

22 Oct 2013, by test test

Exploration Mining and Processing FundamentalsA number of mining engineering positions are in high demand across Australia as companies seek to secure the most skilled workers in the sector.

This is according to new research by recruitment consultancy Hays, which highlighted various trends in employment patterns across the industry.

Mining training seems to be top of the agenda in Western Australia, with Hays noting that trainers and assessors are highly sought after, while mine surveyors are also in demand.

Queensland companies are hoping to streamline their workforces, the organisation said, which has resulted in recruitment drives for extremely skilled mining engineers for both planning and production positions.

Individuals working in the industry may wish to pursue mining courses to brush up on their skills and qualifications in order to stay ahead of the pack in an increasingly competitive employment environment.

Hays remarked that hiring decisions are being prompted by an increase in staff movement, with personnel across many sectors deciding to switch jobs in recent months.

Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand, said this activity is fuelling an energetic labour market.

“The majority of vacancy activity is the result of replacing departing staff rather than the creation of new roles. Employers will act fast if an employee leaves a business-critical role,” he explained.

“This movement of candidates between jobs is a trend not reflected in the unemployment rate, but it is a good sign of candidates’ confidence that they can improve their prospects by looking for a new job.”

However, mining engineering specialists may want to take note of the fact that employers are becoming more stringent in their assessments of candidates, with breadth of skillsets an important factor.

Employers also prefer people who have shown a solid history of tenure with previous employers, Mr Deligiannis stated.

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