Despite sweeping job losses across the industry since September 2012, the resource industry continues to be the fastest growing source of employment for Australian’s having created 130,000 direct jobs over the past five years and 28,500 new Australian jobs in 2012 alone*.
There has recently been a great deal of debate and media coverage of the 457 skilled migration scheme, leading many to believe there has been widespread rorting of the system by companies and that a significant number of jobs are going to foreign workers at the expense of Australians.
By Therese Lardner
Mining Family Matters careers specialist
I was as recently speaking with a client who told me that after more than 20 years with the same employer, his role had been made redundant. Although he'd really wanted to change careers, he said he didn't know where to start. So instead he found a new job that was very similar to his old role.
Mining is one of the world's most dangerous occupations. Over the years, many serious accidents have occurred in various parts of the world, often with significant loss of life. Mining is often listed as one of (if not the most) dangerous job (especially coal mining) each year in various dangerous jobs lists.
It is without doubt that miners face many dangers on the job. Some of the most hazardous are listed below:
Although we are always thinking about salaries, we never talk about them, except in hushed tones, and we never let others know precisely how much we earn. Thus it is difficult to get a grip on what others earn who are doing the same as we do.
The mining and oil and gas industries have confirmed their spot at the top of Australia's (and the worlds’) wage scale. Here are some of the highest paid roles in the mining industry: