According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the resource sector has provided the equivalent of one job every 90 minutes over the past year.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the resource sector has provided the equivalent of one job every 90 minutes over the past year. Jordan Philp

Resource sector a gold mine of job opportunities

QUEENSLAND professionals are rejoicing, as according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the resource sector has added an extra 5730 jobs over the past year.

Queensland Resources Council deputy chief executive Judy Bertram believes this data reaffirmed the sector's role as a key employer.

"This is good news for people working in the resources sector, and more importantly people looking for work especially in regional Queensland,” Ms Bertram said.

"The resources sector has hundreds of vacancies looking for men and women to fill.

"Queensland's resources sector supports more than 315,000 direct and indirect jobs.

"Resource jobs are long-term, well paid jobs and can provide education and training to advance employees into the next stage of their careers.

"We want to keep employing more Queenslanders and supporting more regional communities through local investment.

"To do that, it's essential that we have clear and transparent rules and regulations.”

The South Burnett's Meandu Mines contributes to the mining employment statistics.

Dr Anthony Lynham, the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, is proud to see so many people employed across mining, oil and gas industries.

"Employment in the sector remains dominated by coal mining at 42 per cent, metals at 24 per cent and exploration and support services at 22 per cent,” Dr Lynham said.

"Over the last year alone, coal mining jobs are up nearly 20 per cent to around 30,000 people, and metal mining jobs are up a staggering 70 per cent to around 15,000 people.”

According to Dr Lynham, Queensland has continued to foster and support exploration and development within the mining industry.

"In the past four years, we have attracted more than $20 billion worth of new investment in resources and created more than 7000 jobs,” he said.