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SA mining industry is booming

Skills demand in South Australia’s energy and resources sector is the highest it has ever been since a decade ago.

A record number of jobs (918) were advertised between October and December according to the SA Mining and Energy Hiring Intentions Report.

This is the highest level of jobs advertised in this period since the Resources and Energy Skills Alliance (RESA) began producing the Report in 2013.

Regional areas are key beneficiaries of SA’s mining and energy jobs boom, with around 40 per cent of advertised jobs located in regions.

This record demand for skills follows upward trends in mining activity and investments in energy projects.

Jobs were advertised across a wide range of professions, with the top three categories advertised being Trades and Operators (54 per cent), Professionals (29 per cent) and Supervisors/Managers (9.0 per cent).

Diesel mechanics, mechanical fitters and Health, Safety and Environment advisors are in high demand, as well as mining engineers and project managers.

“These figures clearly demonstrate that South Australia’s resources are highly sought-after globally as they continue to play a critical role in decarbonising our economy and supporting the world’s transition to clean energy,” said South Australia Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Energy and Mining, Tom Koutsantonis.

“It is particularly pleasing that well over a third of these jobs are located in our state’s regions. These sectors are vital to the prosperity of our regional communities and to the state’s economic transformation.

“Our state is delivering the raw materials and value-added products needed to drive the energy transition globally, including copper, steel and hydrogen. This jobs boom is creating opportunities for people with varieties of skills – whether you’re operating heavy equipment or honing a complex spreadsheet, there’s a job for you in South Australia’s resources sector.”

In other news, Engineers Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s Interim Response to Safe and Responsible AI as a positive first step in balancing regulation and safety with innovation.

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