New year, 1000 new jobs in resources

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Media Release

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is urging jobseekers on the hunt for a new career in 2020 to consider the lucrative options in the Queensland 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 on the employment website SEEK.

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“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.

“In the Mackay region there are 323 vacancies, in Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast 71, in Townsville 56, across to Mount Isa 51, down to the Darling Downs 53 and in the State’s biggest mining town, Brisbane, there are 301 jobs currently available.

“The mining industry has by far the highest average weekly full-time adult earnings of any industry at $2659 – or over $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.

“These jobs can also be a significant wealth generator for Indigenous people who comprise 4 percent of the State’s workforce in resources and Queensland’s Indigenous population is 4 percent. We are one of only two sectors with a true representation of Indigenous people across our workforce.”

Total vacancies in Queensland for mining, resources and energy is 1,045. Source: SEEK

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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