COMPANIES are desperate for staff after offering jobs with £80k starting wages and £7k signing bonuses but nobody is up to the task.
The six-figure salaries and incredible perks come amid an “unprecedented” labor shortage in Australia’s mining sector.
Available positions include auto electricians in Queensland, which could start with a salary of almost £80,000 ($140,000).
The vacancies also include automation engineers, metallurgists and geologists – all with salaries ranging from £57,000 to £73,000.
And some other companies offer a £7,000 ($10,000) sign up bonus and a £3,000 ($5,000) referral bonus.
Steve Knott, Chief Executive Australian Resources and Energy Employer Association, told Daily Mail Australia: “Overwhelmingly, the biggest problem facing mining, oil and gas and supply chain companies is finding the people to do the job.
“This is being driven by a number of factors including the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued high growth across all commodity sectors.
“Market demand has caused base salaries to rise to exceptional levels and companies are also paying huge sign-on, retention and loyalty bonuses to try to attract and retain employees.”
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that the mining sector generates the highest full-time earnings on average.
Despite the high demand for skilled workers, Mr Knott added that the current situation in terms of demand for low-skilled workers is “unique”.
He added that over the next five years the industry will need “about 9,000 new plant operators, 3,000 heavy diesel fitters and about 1,100 other trades, such as electrical and mechanical.”
He added: “There is also significant demand for the jobs required to operate mine sites.
“Cooks, cooks, cleaners and facility maintenance jobs are in high demand.
“As a result, the industry is accepting an unprecedented level of new entrants to the sector.”
He went on to say that 350 mining projects are in the pipeline, which should create 100,000 new jobs by 2027.
“If only a portion of these projects receive final investment approval and are implemented, the industry will see that the current cutting-edge skills market lasts at least five years and likely well beyond,” he said.
And although the mining sector requires long hours in remote areas and physical labor, Mr Knott urged people to consider the job, saying that “anyone with the right qualifications and a sound safety record should have no trouble getting into the industry.” to get in”.
He said although the job involved “long hours and shift work,” the reward was “very significant compensation and long-term career prospects.”
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