Jan 29, 2021

Coal jobs swell to record highs

Coal jobs swell to record highs

Queensland’s coal industry clocked up a record number of jobs in the September to November 2020 quarter, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the state’s coal industry jobs rose by almost 40 per cent during the quarter – increasing from 28,072 to a record 39,075.

Nationwide, the number of coal mining employees rose 22.2 per cent to 62,000.

“December trade data also shows the value of Australian coal exports rose by 26 per cent over the previous month, showing coal continues to be an important part of the global energy and industrial mix and will be for years to come,” he said.

“In terms of Queensland, December was a very good month for coal tonnes, with state coal exports up 19 percent on November, increasing from 16 million tonnes to just over 19 million tonnes.”

The latest ABS jobs data shows Queensland also recorded the highest number of jobs in resources since 2013, increasing 23 percent over the previous quarter to reach 78,369 jobs.

This is 18 per cent higher, or nearly 12,000 more jobs, than the same period in 2019, which was unaffected by the global pandemic.

Mr Macfarlane said oil and gas jobs had also recovered strongly, increasing 147 percent between the August and November quarters.

It came as the Australian Institute of Geoscientists released survey results showing an upturn in employment prospects for geoscientists, attributed  to increased mineral exploration.