17/12/2019 - 10:45

CME celebrates record job figures for WA’s resource sector

17/12/2019 - 10:45

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The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA has celebrated the addition of 12,000 jobs to the state's resource sector in the 2018-19 financial year, bringing the overall number of workers employed in the sector to 124,010.

Paul Everingham says higher than at any point in Western Australia’s recorded history. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA has celebrated the addition of 12,000 jobs to the state's resource sector in the 2018-19 financial year, bringing the overall number of workers employed in the sector to 124,010.

Commenting on the announcement, CME chief executive Paul Everingham weclomed the news, mentioning that 6.7 per cent of WA’s workforce is employed in the resource sector, compared to a national average of just 2 per cent.

Mr Everingham used the news to herald the overall impact the sector has had on WA’s workforce.

“The number of people employed by the resources sector is higher than at any point in Western Australia’s recorded history,” he said.

“Looking back 10 years ago, the sector was employing less than 70,00 people, there are now more than 50,000 extra people gainfully employed.

“There’s a number of major projects in the pipeline or underway which have bolstered the employment figures, including BHP’s South Flank mine, Fortescue Metals Group’s Iron Bridge development and Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri mine.

“A survey of 41 of CME’s members revealed that in 2017-18, the total direct economic contribution to Western Australia was $38 billion which included salaries and wages, payments to government, business purchases and community contributions to 772 organisations.

“And more than 13,650 WA businesses were directly supported.”

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