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Job prospects still strong in mining

Employer optimism remains steady, despite high-profile job cuts in the mining sector, with gas projects still seeking workers, a new jobs survey has revealed.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, released yesterday, shows the net employment outlook for the mining and construction sector in the coming quarter is up 10 per cent.

Michael Sacco, national client manager at ManpowerGroup Australia and New Zealand, said while there had been high-profile job cut announcements during the past few weeks in the iron ore and coal sector, there was still strength in liquefied natural gas, shale gas and coal-seam gas projects.

“There is a lull in some areas, but it is driven by demand and price, but there still seems to be a healthy amount of activity in the resources sector,” he said.

“Even with the projects that are being shelved, the majority of workers that are engaged for those projects are being redeployed into other work. Some of the deferment of investment isn’t affecting employment currently but employment to come.”

The survey of more than 2200 Australian employers reveals hiring intentions during the coming quarter, with the results collected in the past month. It revealed that 23 per cent of mining and construction employers expected to increase hiring, 14 per cent planned to decrease and the remainder expected hiring to stay at the same level.

Lincoln Crawley, managing director of ManpowerGroup Australia and New Zealand, said there were still plenty of opportunities in the mining sector.

“Australia has a strong mining sector and demand for the country’s resources still exists,” he said. “What we’re seeing now is the low point in a natural cycle, and it will recover.”

Reinvent Your Career would like to thank The Australian where this article first appeared.

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