Australia’s mining industry is booming again after years in the doldrums with thousands of six-figure jobs being advertised – even for those with little experience.
Everything from cooks and cleaners to engineers and diesel mechanics are in demand as mining companies that downsized during the lean years ramp up production to capitalise on soaring commodity prices.
The number of advertised jobs has climbed by a third during the past year with apprentices and mechanics with only two years’ experience able to earn an annual six-figure sum in an industry with average salaries of $140,000.
A recovery in coal and iron ore prices from a 2016 slump has encouraged tradies to move to Queensland and Western Australia in search of high-paying jobs, even though there are similar well-paid jobs only two hours north of Sydney.
In Queensland alone this month, 942 resources sector jobs are being advertised paying between $100,000 and $200,000. Mackay, in the state’s north, had 394 or 42 per cent, of these lucrative positions, with high-paying jobs also on offer in Brisbane, Gladstone and Townsville.