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Glencore workers
Glencore workers

A multinational resources company is experiencing severe staff shortages across its North Queensland operations.

Glencore Australia confirmed it had a hard time finding about 300 new mine employees for the past 12 to 18 months. The employer has not faced such great difficulty in finding new entry-level and skilled workers since the 2008 global financial crisis.

Glencore chief operating officer Matt O’Neill also blamed rising costs and supply chain issues for extending the length of time required to source replacement parts from a few days to a couple of weeks.

An estimated 1500 roles are still vacant at different employers across the Sunshine State according to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane estimates more than 73 per cent of these job opportunities have annual salaries exceeding $100,000 a year according to News Limited.

The following direct positions have been advertised:

  • fitters
  • drillers
  • electricians
  • boilermakers
  • health advisor
  • audit manager
  • project planner
  • mine geologists
  • trades assistant
  • mining engineers
  • mining operators
  • diesel mechanics
  • radio technicians
  • principal geologist
  • senior mine surveyor
  • production supervisor
  • human resources officer
  • concentrator maintainer
  • asset support supervisor
  • senior plant metallurgist
  • senior electrical engineer
  • principal mining engineer
  • graduate contracts advisor
  • superintendent operations
  • ventilation officer/engineer
  • graduate electrical engineer
  • senior maintenance planner
  • mine services superintendent
  • graduate program coordinator
  • health and hygiene coordinator
  • graduate geotechnical engineer
  • development service technician
  • development charge up operator
  • electrical coordinators – conveyor
  • site administration support officer
  • mechanical coordinators – conveyor
  • metallurgy planning superintendent.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest labour force data shows the number of Queenslanders employed in minerals and exploration soared throughout the year.

“The four-quarter average of Queensland jobs in exploration has increased by nearly 70 per cent in 2021 to over 22,600,” State Resources Minister Scott Stewart said in a public statement.

“Jobs in the minerals mining and quarrying industries in Queensland have also reached a record four-quarter average of more than 24,100 – up a massive 28.4 per cent year on year.”

The total number of Queensland mine workers rose 13.1 per cent to almost 78,000 during the period.


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  • Glencore Mount Isa is a terrible place to work, that’s why there is a labour shortage there. Wages are poor, no bonuses, roster sucks and the facilities on site are god awful.

  • The WA mining industry pays far better than coal mining companies and contractors do, they need to up their salaries on offer as well as benefits before I would even consider myself working in QLD. I’m happy to fifo from qld to wa.

  • so the mining industry and conditions haven’t got better since 1980 when my father worked in MIm?

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