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Is another mining skills shortage on the way?

A skills shortage is emerging in the Australian mining industry, according to recruitment company, Hays.

In its latest quarterly update, Hays reported that renewed optimism in the Australian mining market and improved sales prices were helping increase vacancy activity.

However, Hays added that certain skills shortages are emerging again, “since mass redundancies and the uncertainty of previous years drove much of the blue collar workforce into alternative industries closer to home, where many were satisfied to trade reduced wages for improved lifestyles.”

This situation is particularly evident in locations such as North Queensland, according to Hays, where workers were expected to work on drive-in, drive-out (DIDO) rosters.

“It may be challenging to entice them back,” Hays reported.

“As a result, some employers are now considering candidates with no mining experience. This is expected to become more prevalent in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

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Author: Ben Creagh