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Regional Industry Data

Regional industry information is available from the Employment Region and SA4 Region channels.

Mining

Mining employs approximately 247,300 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 2.0 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 2.3 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 40 years and median weekly earnings are around $2,300 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the August 2020 quarter are presented in seasonally adjusted terms, rather than trend. Seasonally adjusted data may be more volatile than trend, however, more readily show the significant impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market. Moreover, employment data for some industries may exhibit a high degree of volatility as the pandemic has caused greater disruption in different segments of the economy. Please use August 2020 employment data with caution.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - August 2020 ('000)

247.3

Employment Growth - Five years to August 2020 ('000)

5.5

Employment Growth - Five Years to August 2020 (%)

2.3

Male Share of Employment - Year to August 2020 (%)

84.0

Female Share of Employment - Year to August 2020 (%)

16.0

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to August 2020 (%)

95.5

Average Full Time Hours - August 2020

45

Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2019 ($)

2,300

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 ('000)

15.4

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 (%)

6.2

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, seasonally adjusted. Average full time hours data is National Skills Commission seasonally adjusted; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2019; National Skills Commission, 2019 employment projections, five years to May 2024.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2019)


Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

50,200

Metal Fitters and Machinists

22,700

Truck Drivers

14,300

Other Building and Engineering Technicians

13,400

Electricians

9,800

Production Managers

8,400

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

7,800

Mining Engineers

7,800

Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists

6,300

Earthmoving Plant Operators

6,100

Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.


Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The National Skills Commission projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences is used to monitor recruitment conditions and to provide up-to-date information on regional labour market challenges.

Workforce Shortages

The National Skills Commission carries out research to identify workforce shortages at the state, territory and/or national level for around 80 occupations.