Qld hiring patterns shift to productivity

QUEENSLAND mining employers are focusing on improving productivity in order to achieve cost savings, which is creating demand for analysis and improvement engineers, according to the latest quarterly survey by Hays.

Lou Caruana

The survey also found employers were increasingly focused on safety and making safety improvements, therefore analysis and improvement safety professionals were needed.

“Employers are also concerned about the health, wellbeing and ergonomics of workers, which is creating jobs for health advisors,” it stated.

“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.”

Employers are hiring pre-strip and production mining engineers to ensure that their pre-strip and production operations are running as effectively as possible.

Demand for underground mine surveyors in the coal sector has also increased.

Particularly in demand are 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.

The demand for electricians has emerged 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, according to Hays.