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Wage pressure ‘inevitable’ as skills shortages worsen

Recruitment agency Hays expects skills shortages in mining to be a major concern as the sector competes with other growth industries around Australia.

The agency last month revealed that a wide range of mining jobs were in demand due to escalating skills shortages.

Hays’ findings confirmed that the shortages have become a national issue after they first re-emerged in the key mining states of Western Australia and Queensland up to 18 months ago.

A Hays report showed that South Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory had several areas of concerns, including engineers, geologists, operators and electricians.

The mining resurgence in Tasmania and Victoria has meant that those states are also starting to feel shortages as activity increases.

Hays WA state director Chris Kent said with many skills transferring to the civil infrastructure sector there was no doubt that sourcing talent was a national concern for the mining industry.

“As more major transport projects ramp up in 2019 in Australia’s most populous cities of Melbourne and Sydney, several multibillion dollar mine expansions will be looking to lure engineering and construction talent to our mining regions. Wage pressure is inevitable over the coming months,” Kent told Australian Mining. Read more.


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