2015 AusIMM Professional Employment Survey Report

How are minerals professionals faring in today's employment market?

In June 2015, 2266 AusIMM members completed the annual Professional Employment Survey. This survey provides a unique insight into the state of the minerals professional employment market.

KEY FINDINGS

Employment

  • The unemployment rate for all AusIMM members is 14.9 per cent.
  • 2015 AusIMM Professional Employment Survey Report
    Australia-based unemployment is 16.2 per cent, a significant increase from 12.2 per cent in 2014 – and 1.7 per cent in 2012. Unemployment is almost triple the national unemployment rate.
  • New Zealand unemployment is 5.1 per cent, a reduction from 6.3 per cent in 2014.
  • Minerals production roles, including mining engineers, metallurgical engineers and geotechnical engineers, have faced the largest year-on-year increase in unemployment (although geoscientists were the first groups affected by the downturn).
  • Employment volatility is increasing and opportunities decreasing: 16.4 per cent of mining professionals have been made redundant, and 18.3 per cent of employed mining professionals have changed employers in the last year.
  • Almost 30 per cent of unemployed mining professionals are now long-term unemployed (that is, unemployed for 12 months or more). Many are seeking employment outside the mining industry.

REPORT DOCUMENTS

2014 PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT & REMUNERATION SURVEY REPORT

Results from the 2014 survey can be viewed here.

2013 PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT SURVEY REPORT

Results from the 2013 survey can be viewed here.

FEEDBACK

Contribute feedback via professionalemployment@ausimm.com.au.