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Trades & Labour

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Chefs – Catering companies have a high demand for these candidates to work on remote mine sites. This position has recently been added to the Australian government’s skilled occupations list. In addition, Perth has undergone a population boom over the last few years resulting in increased demand for restaurant staff. The recent construction boom in the mining industry may have slowed down but it has left larger and more operational mines in the North West all requiring a high number of catering staff.

Senior Hospitality Managers – There is a shortage of candidates with high level hospitality management experience in the Northern Territory.

Skilled Labourers – Good labourers are always in demand. Reliable and hard working candidates will always find work.

Machine Operators – Construction companies are looking for multi-ticketed Excavator Operators with stable backgrounds.

Steel Fixers – As many new construction projects are about to commence, experienced Steel fixers are in demand.

Leading Hands – These candidates are needed to oversee labourers and trades assistants. They are required for remote work and assist management in keeping projects on time.

Plumbers – Demand is particularly strong for Plumbers willing to do remote work as well is in the Perth metropolitan area due to many ongoing projects.

Remote/FIFO Service Attendants – The Olympic Dam shutdown has increased the number of temporary opportunities in this area.

Formwork Carpenters – Demand for Carpenters has been created by a surge in residential and commercial construction in locations such as Perth.

Trends

In South Australia project based work in remote locations is creating a lot of new job opportunities, especially for temporary roles. There has been demand for soft services across the major mine sites in the state. BHP's Olympic Dam has gone through a shut-down period in recent months that has created further demand for soft services professionals.

Within the construction industry in Western Australia jobs tend to be 'per project' as opposed to temporary or permanent roles. Currently there are many new projects in Perth that are having a dramatic effect on the availability of suitably qualified and experienced Tradespeople. The recent slowdown in the mining construction sector may have led to some skilled tradespeople leaving the state, but the sheer number of current projects has added to the shortage of skills.

As for Chefs, the mining industry attracts a large number of candidates and Perth's recent population boom has seen an influx of new restaurants and cafes. This has resulted in a significant shortage of Chefs, resulting in the occupation being added to the migration skilled occupations list.


 

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