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Permanent mining employment makes a comeback

A buoyant marketplace for permanent work is making a welcome return for job seekers in Australia’s mining industry.

Human resources agency DFP Recruitment, in its latest mining and resources job index, reported that permanent job vacancies increased by 44.5 percent during 2017 after a 4.4 percent improvement in December.

The rise in permanent vacancies lifted this category to 82.28 on the DFP index, its highest point since mid-2015 and in similar territory to where the temporary and contract vacancies category currently stands.

“While this level infers that vacancies are still 18 percent lower than late-2013 when measurement commenced, it is still a massive turnaround after three years of decline,” DFP explained.

Meanwhile, temporary and contract vacancies were 31.2 percent higher in 2017, but 2.9 percent lower in December — a normal seasonal pattern, according to DFP.

Overall, the job index rose by 1.3 percent in December to 82.44, its highest point since April 2014. In 2017, job opportunities rose by 38.7 percent. Read more…


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