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Category Archives: Mining Employment

What is the starting salary for an unskilled mineworker?

What is a fair wage for an unskilled mining worker? Before we look at what an entry-level employee could receive, let’s go back a step and look at the salaries of people with between six months and two years’ Australian mining industry experience. First, it’s worth noting that these salaries vary depending on: The commodity..

Mining jobs: are there opportunities for overseas workers right now?

News that the Australian mining industry is gaining momentum thanks to several construction projects and is experiencing a labour shortage has hit the international media. Consequently, we are hearing from more people from outside of Australia looking for work, including more comments appearing on social media asking about the possibility of working in Australia. However,..

How to get a leg up in your mining career: Study

Have you considered going back to study? Intakes in mining university courses have dropped considerably in the last few years, with graduate numbers predicted to be at all-time lows in 2020. There has also been a decline in apprenticeship numbers in recent years. Yet the state of the industry is continuing to improve — mining..

What does the mining jobs boom mean for entry-level candidates?

The SEEK report came out a few weeks ago reporting a 34% growth in mining, resources and energy job advertisements in the 12 months to May 2018. Exactly where are these roles, and what will this growth mean for those looking to get a start in the industry? The Role Growth chart in this article..

Why you should move to Kalgoorlie for a mining job

What could I earn in Kalgoorlie? This is always a “how long is a piece of string” question. While the daily or hourly rates are good, the hours need to really add up to hit the six-figure salary listed above. Consider that as of May 2018, the pay rate for a Driller’s Offsider is approximately..

Excuses, lies and failures: How NOT to win the job

With more than 30 years of recruitment experience between us, there aren’t too many excuses we haven’t heard from applicants who failed part of the recruitment process. Whether it be a failed drug and alcohol screening, failure to disclose something, or an excuse as to why someone was dismissed, we’ve heard them all. Here’s how,..

Mining in Australia: Is there a future for coal?

With Rio Tinto announcing the sale of its last Australian-based coal mine recently, is coal mining in Australia coming to an end? Globally, coal consumption is in decline – but only slightly. Coal has been used as a significant heat and energy source since the industrial revolution in the 1800s. It was the only fossil..

Are mining industry traineeships the bee’s-knees?

For any mining company taking on a trainee comes with a level of risk. These risks need to be considered by both the company and the individual before a traineeship is offered and accepted. The challenges for mining companies offering traineeships Generally, the return on investment from a traineeship can be realised in a few..

What are the entry-level mining jobs of the 21st century?

Historically, entry-level jobs in mining have been the roles that are labour-intensive or repetitive or require minimal (if any) qualifications. As sites move towards automating more of these kinds of roles, what does that mean for entry-level people? Rio Tinto recently announced its autonomous fleet had hit the one-billionth tonne of material moved in the..

How safe is working in the mining industry?

Mining presents a number of challenges for companies. From the heat, dust and equipment through to safe storage of food and ensuring cleanliness of common areas. Hazards are present in our every day. Uneven footpaths, wet surfaces, people not looking where they are going while texting, objects on roadways: the list is endless. On a..

How 2017 wrapped up for the Australian mining industry

This is our last blog for the year. It has been a massive 12 months for us here at Minedex. We’ve updated details on 45 mine sites in Australia, responded to 420 emails, posted some 460 entry-level roles and written 25 blogs for you. We’ve had a few enquiries over the year from members wanting..

Your job application: from submission to starting work

You’ve found a role you want to apply for. What happens next? We wanted to demystify the application process for mining jobs in Australia. Not every company treats this process exactly the same, but these are some of the common stages you are likely to encounter and what to expect at each stage. Applying for..

Don’t make these job application and interview mistakes

In my 15 years in mining industry recruitment, I’ve seen some appalling job applications. I’ve also completed many interviews where I’ve wondered if the person actually wanted a job, let alone the one they applied for. I’ve had referees hang up on me rather than give a reference. And I’ve seen so many people who..

What to do when you land your dream mining job

Why do you want a job in mining? For many of the people who send us emails, the answer to this question is about the money on offer. We’re not saying this is not a good reason; however, if money is the only reason you want a job in the mining industry, then you definitely..

4 mining jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

We’ve scoured the web to find roles that exist now, that didn’t 10 years ago. The internet, social media, robotics and automation have led to the creation of jobs, the purposes of which are still misunderstood by many. When social media came into existence in the late 1990s, few could have predicted the rise in..

The best Australian towns for entry-level mining jobs

Mining is on the up and mining companies are once again hiring. It’s not just skilled labour they’re chasing, either: there has been an increase in the number of entry-level roles available, too. Generally, these are residential roles. So, are you ready to move to the bush to get an entry-level mining job? In this..

Pick the right mining training course for you.

We’ve been asked whether we recommend any industry training courses to help candidates get mining jobs. I’m afraid we don’t. As you can imagine, there are a lot of courses on offer. A Google search of “mining courses Australia” returns over nine million results. Most are expensive. There are even courses on offer that are..

A lighthearted look at essential mining skills

I recently came across an article highlighting essential life skills every person should have to live a successful life. I thought it was a pointless article but it inspired me to come up with a list of essential skills and a tongue-in-cheek explanation on how to be successful in a mining career. Networking A well-established..

How is mining automation affecting job prospects?

As more companies move towards automation, what impact is it having on employment opportunities in the mining industry? We find out. First, though, let’s look at automation and how trucks operate. It’s impressive technology. They actually use precision GPS to find their way around and use radar and laser sensors to look out for obstacles…

What are you doing to get a job in mining?

There are thousands of articles online about the best ways to get a job, but nearly all of them are for people with experience in an industry. So we’ve done the research for you and created a list we believe will give you the best opportunity for a start in the mining and resources industry…

What tickets & certs do you need to get your start?

Brad gives us the rundown on exactly what certificates, licences & tickets you need to get your start in the Australian Mining Industry.

Mining industry pay and conditions depend on experience

There are greenshoots in the mining industry and one of these early signs of recovery is an increase in mining companies job advertisements. What does that mean for mining industry employees, and those hoping to gain a start? During times of skills shortages in any industry, employers need to be creative in how they attract..

The 2 big questions everyone asks about mining jobs

There are two big questions we get asked all the time by candidates wanting to get a start in the mining industry. Today, we’re hoping to answer those questions for you. Will, I be earning $100,000 a year straightaway? There are definitely opportunities to earn large salaries in the mining industry but, take note, whatever..

What do the 457 visa changes mean to me?

The Australian Federal Government announced changes to the 457 visa on Tuesday, April 18. According to this article on the ABC website, visa numbers have already dropped considerably since earlier changes to these laws were implemented in 2013. A 457 visa was for employers to employ skilled foreign workers where it was difficult to find..

Minedex Resume Services Fire Sale!

In our fifth Vlog, Brad is here to tell us about Minedex’s fire sale on our professional Resume Services. Check out the fire sale HERE!

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