Revealed: The most in-demand workers of 2017

Demand for tradies has significantly increased.
Demand for tradies has significantly increased.

MINERS and tradies were the most in-demand workers of 2017 in a complete turnaround from last year.

SEEK data reveals jobs in mining, resources and energy and trades and services had the strongest job advertisement growth and accounted for the top six occupations between them.

Mining's drill and blast roles topped the list with an 84.4 per cent increase in job advertisements on SEEK when comparing January to November 2017 with the same period the previous year. These roles had an average advertised salary of $117,601 in November.

Mining's engineering and maintenance roles (up 84.3 per cent, averaging $124,453), oil and gas' engineering and maintenance roles (77.8 per cent, $115,550), mining's operations roles (72.9 per cent, $117,593), welders and boilermakers (75.6 per cent, $62,380) and fitters, turners and machinists (67.9 per cent, $75,713) rounded out the top six occupations for the year.

In 2016, the list was dominated by information and communications technology (ICT) and health care roles.

Michael Ilczynski, managing director of SEEK Australia and New Zealand, said it was exciting to see mining, resources and energy jobs topping the 2017 list.

"The pick-up of production activities by mining companies, especially in Western Australia, after cutbacks over the past few years is driving job ad growth on SEEK across the industry," he said.

Overall as an industry, mining, resources and energy experienced a 54 per cent increase in job ads year on year.

While off a low base, November was the eleventh consecutive month that the industry took the top spot.

Topics:  employment jobs mining

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