Resource employment could drive worker demand across more sectors

Date: Jan 16, 2012

One of the leading states in terms of resource employment growth has recently released an initiative to help drive further employment on a local level.

The Bligh government has announced the relaunch of its Work For Queensland Expos, with a number of new dates recently added to the calendar.

Each of the events helps to bring together resource companies, training institutions and employment service providers at one venue.

This allows members of the public interested in the opportunities afforded by skilled and semi-skilled positions in the mining sector and associated sectors to explore their options with ease.

Speaking on the helpful nature of the expos, Queensland premier Anna Bligh said that approximately 3,000 jobseekers had previously expressed an interest in the basic mining courses on offer - subsequently the available places for the resource-based classes were expanded to 1,000.

"The interest generated from the last Work For Queensland Expos was unprecedented, with more than 24,000 people – nearly enough to fill Skilled Park on the Gold Coast – attending Expos held at the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Maryborough, Whitsundays and Cairns," said Bligh.

"Since then some 5,655 people have been referred to recruitment agencies by the resources companies and an additional 9,000 people approached Labour hire companies directly at the expos."

While the increase in public interest in mining sector jobs has proved to help drive the industry as a whole, the growth could prove to be taxing on other market sectors.

Skilled and semi-skilled jobs could be left vacant by local employees choosing to enter the resource industry - leaving the employers to figure out how to meet their staffing needs when the local labour pool has been depleted.

This leaves migrant workers currently in the country in a good position to find a job that suits their needs - in many cases without travelling to remote locations.

While migration lawyers can provide extensive advice on the the hiring options available to local employers, it is up to the managers an business owners to make the decision.

As the Queensland premier put it: "Nationally, Australia created over 4,200 jobs in November and 3,600 of them - or 86 per cent - were created in Queensland.

"What we're seeing is more people moving here looking for work because this is the state of opportunity."