This survey is designed to examine whether the improved employment conditions for geoscientists throughout Australia evident in the second half of 2020 have continued into the current year. Geoscientist unemployment fell to just 4.5% nationally in the final quarter of 2020. This was accompanied by a fall in the under-employment rate to 9.3%. For the first quarter in some time, there was also a decrease in long-term unemployment.
This result was considerably better than a number of analysts predicted, a sign of resilience in the exploration and mining sectors in particular.
The first quarter of any year is usually a time of decreased exploration activity due to the Christmas – New Year holidays and the summer wet season across northern Australia. Anecdotal evidence, however, points to another strong employment result.
The survey takes only two or three minutes to complete. You do not need to be an AIG member to contribute. No data that could personally identify respondents is collected. Contributions to the survey are sought from both employed and unemployed geoscientists to ensure the relevance of results. Your completing the survey really helps to make a difference to the standing and knowledge of our profession.
The survey will be open for contributions until Saturday, 24th April, 2021. Every contribution adds to the reliability of the survey results. Sincere thanks in advance for your support of this survey series.
The survey may be completed by following this link.