According to the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Australia’s easing mining boom has continued to impact negatively in the opening months of 2013 on the job outlook for geoscientists. More than half of them do not expect to find new work with the sector appealing for Federal policy intervention to help arrest the jobs slide.
New data released today shows the unemployment rate among this key professional group climbed further over January, February and March this year to a current high within the profession of 7.9%.
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.
In 1897, Lewis Harold Bell (Harry) Lasseter discovered an extensive gold bearing reef of white quartz west of Alice Springs. Harry died before the reef could be relocated and mined, and the location of Lasseter’s Reef remains a mystery even today with the potential wealth of the find never realised. Shortly after the original discovery, samples from Lasseter’s Reef were assayed at three ounces to the ton, a formidable find of any age.
116 years later, the potential wealth of an even richer ‘reef’ goes begging.
Mining Family Matters has teamed up with Foxtel for Business to promote an important FIFO/DIDO survey into the impacts of separation and isolation on families and workforce retention. The survey is completely anonymous (you don’t need to provide your name or company info – just a postal address) and all participants receive a $15 gift card redeemable at any store that accepts eftpos, Australia-wide. It’s a very quick $15!