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Miners Taking Workers From Other Sectors


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The Sydney Morning Herald - http://www.smh.com.au/
Published: September 6, 2007 - 3:10PM







Workers in the mining industry have no trouble finding jobs, although the booming resources sector in Western Australia is taking workers from other sectors, says the latest employment data from online employment website SEEK.

Health, IT and legal roles are in hot demand across the country, and more people are being absorbed into the booming mining sector.

But with the labour market as tight as drum and unemployment at its lowest level since Abba sang Waterloo in 1974, SEEK found that there are simply not enough workers to fill job vacancies.

SEEK sales director Joe Powell said the resources boom was imposing further strains on the rest of the economy.

"The initial impact of the resources boom was strong demand for labour in the mining, oil and gas sector.

"Now that this demand is largely being met, skilled workers from the broader economy are the ones in short supply," he said.

The SEEK data, for August, showed the number of applications for job advertisements posted with SEEK fell by 3.5 per cent nationally, which is put down to a lack of applicants.

This was despite new job advertisements increasing by 0.8 per cent.

And this trend was reinforced by the SEEK Employment Index, which measures the ratio of new job advertisements to job applications online. It increased sharply in August by 4.3 per cent.

It posted an annual growth rate of 13.5 per cent, its highest since January 2006.

The biggest discrepancy was in Western Australia where job ads increased by 3.2 per cent while applications fell by 6.6 per cent - almost double the national average.

"Professionals such as healthcare workers, solicitors, insurance brokers, architects and educators provide important services to communities and individuals, and there are simply not enough of them to go around," Mr Powell said.

"My advice to students who are planning to go to university next year is to seriously consider a career in professional services," Mr Powell said.

"With skills shortages already apparent in sectors such as health, IT, construction and law, graduates can expect strong employment opportunities in the years to come."


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