Queensland mine owners are reducing the number of FIFO workers on the payroll and are instead focusing on job candidates prepared to relocate to rural and remote locations, according the latest Hays Job Hotspot Report.
According to the report, “They are focusing on local candidates and the number of FIFO roles has reduced. FIFO mines are instead only making key replacements as opposed to creating new roles. Residential remote mines are still looking for quality residential workers in various positions and if candidates are prepared to relocate then remote positions are available.”
The report also lists the jobs openings currently most in demand in Queensland’s mining and resources sector including;
A&I Engineers – Employers are focusing on improving productivity in order to achieve cost savings, which is creating demand for Analysis and Improvement Engineers.
A&I safety professionals – As in Western Australia, employers are increasingly focused on safety and are making safety improvements. Thus Analysis and Improvement safety professionals are needed.
Health Advisors – Employers are also concerned about the health, wellbeing and ergonomics of workers, which is creating jobs for Health Advisors.
Trainer & Assessors – Given the focus on cost savings, employers want to ensure their operators are working as efficiently as possible. This is fuelling demand for Trainers and Assessors.
Prestrip and Production Mining Engineers – Employers are hiring these Engineers to ensure that their prestrip and production operations are running as effectively as possible.
Underground Mine Surveyors – Candidates are now more focused on coal than metalliferous. Add the salaries on offer as well as residential factors and the talent pool for Underground Mine Surveyors has decreased.
Drill & Blast Engineers – Underground mining engineers with a mixture of both Surpac and Vulcan software knowledge who can carry out detailed ring designs and are willing to live in residential locations are in demand.
Plant Metallurgists – The metalliferous market has very specific processing with both flotation and heap leach, which is creating a need for Plant Metallurgists.
Electricians – This demand is due to the focus on residential positions. In addition, candidates can receive a higher pay rate in the coal market, which is creating demand for Electricians in Queensland’s metalliferous market.