NRW performing earthworks at Rio Tinto's Yandi Oxbow iron ore project. Source: NRW

Numbers off peak but optimism on jobs

Strong employment growth in the gold sector partially compensated for job losses in iron ore in the 2016 financial year, according to recently released data from the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

The department’s figures covering the year to June 2016 show 23,556 people working in gold mining, an increase of 4,000 (20.3 per cent) on the previous financial year.

See also: Contractors readying for turnaround. 

However, another shift is under way, according to a number of recruitment experts who spoke to Business News, with the resurgent iron ore price so far in FY2017 leading to increased demand for labour across the resources sector in recent months.


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