07 August 2007

Western Australia mining skill shortage

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The mining industry in Western Australia is booming but the demand for skilled migrant workers is hampering further growth, according to Deloitte.

The accounting firm's latest report says the financial performance of Western Australian companies was up 133 per cent, or AUD$44 billion (£18.5 billion) in total value, in the year to June 30th 2007.

Perth managing partner Keith Jones says the mining boom is unprecedented and that demand for commodities is likely to remain strong largely due to China and, to a lesser extent India, fuelling the appetite for Western Australia's resources.

But although he thinks growth will continue, he says skills and people shortages are preventing more projects from being brought online.

"The difference between companies that are thriving or surviving or growing is linked to the access of skills in the market," he said.

There are jobs available for skilled migrants with a wide range of experience in mining and construction. These include mechanical, electrical, project and geotechnical engineers, geologists, accountants, project managers, and surveyors.

Western Australia is one of the world's largest mining regions, and its current demand for workers could be a blessing to British Australian visa hopefuls.

Australia needs skilled workers: anyone interested in migrating to Australia should complete an online assessment to see if they qualify for skilled migration to Australia.

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