Resource jobs back in demand as miners’ regain confidence – by Matt Chambers (The Australian – January 20, 2017)

Demand for resource jobs jumped last year as confidence grew that the worst was over for the sector, with further gains tipped this year from growing investment and Adani’s Carmichael coal project planned in Queensland.

DFP Recruitment’s mining and resources job index rose 21 per cent in 2016, led by a resurgence in Queensland coalmining, with that state experiencing a 40 per cent increase in job vacancies.

DFP chief executive Robert van Stokrom said the broader trend was for more improvement this year.

“We’ve seen a direct correlation between prices and the index,” Mr van Stokrom told The Australian, noting that the Reserve Bank’s commodity price index doubled in 2016. “So with the index only up 21 per cent, there is still positive momentum as we go into the new year.”

He said continued momentum was dependent on commodities prices remains strong, but that the Carmichael mine and rail project should play a big part in coming growth.

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