There will be more opportunities for Queenslanders to work in the resources sector, a industry association representing commercial developers of minerals and energy resources has said.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is inviting jobseekers to consider a lucrative career in mining, promising well-paid and continuing work with about 800 vacancies advertised online.
“Many of the jobs are in our regional communities like Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Toowoomba, meaning there are opportunities for people who want a rewarding career closer to their home town,” QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said in a written statement.
“[There are] secure, long-term, high paying jobs in that sector. The opportunities are going to be there for Queenslanders to get jobs.”
According to the QRC, one mining and energy job was created every 40 minutes across the Sunshine State in the past 12 months.
“Those jobs are spread right across our state, from the far north, to the west, to the south east corner,” Macfarlane said. “The new year is a time when many people reflect on their career. Anyone looking for a well-paid, rewarding and long-term job in 2019 need look no further than the resources sector.”
The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows a 20 per cent jump in resources jobs for the November 2018 quarter compared to the previous year, Macfarlane said. He welcomed the growth saying it would help address Queensland’s second-highest unemployment rate in the nation.
“Continued investment in new resources projects and new exploration will be essential to help Queensland bring down its unemployment rate,” he said.
“The resources sector will keep doing the heavy lifting for the Queensland economy, and will continue to deliver for all Queenslanders through $5 billion in royalty taxes and through regional investment. We look forward to welcoming new workers in the resources sector in 2019.”