The second quarter 2020 employment survey, conducted in June, provided a first look at how Australian geoscience, particularly mineral exploration and mining, was being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in Australia.
Geoscientist unemployment fell in Australia during the second quarter of 2020, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
The slight improvement in employment conditions evident from the results of the first quarter survey for 2020 was unexpected. This was interpreted as a sign that companies were seeking to retain staff and continuity of exploration programs and mining operations. Since then, Victoria has experienced a second, more serious wave of infections resulting in renewed, strict limits on business activity and mobility of staff between states. International travel remains out of the question for many Australians. How was geoscience employment affected?
We have added a question to this survey relating to where you work relative to where you completed your highest degree. A debate is emerging around whether Australia needs to be more self-sufficient in meeting geoscience skills needs in all areas of work, which new data is needed to address.
The survey typically 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.
Every contribution adds to the reliability of the survey results. Sincere thanks in advance for your continued support of the survey series.
Click here to complete the survey.
This survey will provide data on trends in geoscientist employment in Australia during the first quarter (January to March) of 2020. Australia, during the first quarter of 2020, was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic which has placed restrictions on normal work and travel, both within Australia and internationally. These surveys will, during the coming year, help to build a picture of the impacts of the pandemic’s impact on geoscientist employment, exploration and mining activity.
This survey commenced just over ten years ago to help assess the impacts of the global financial crisis. It’s more than unnerving to find our profession and broader community facing another situation with potentially serious economic impacts. A strong exploration and mining industry is an essential element of Australia’s economic well-being. The survey series has demonstrated that employment prospects for geoscientists help to monitor the broader health of the industry.
Unemployment amongst Australian geoscientists, at the end of 2019, was running at a rate of 7.3%, little changed over the second half of the year. The underemployment rate amongst geoscientists was 13.1%.
Long term employment was a major concern, with more than half of the unemployed respondents reporting being out of work or unable to achieve their desired level of work for more than 12 months. One-third of unemployed geoscientists reported being out of work for more than two years.
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 required 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 1 May 2020. Every contribution adds to the reliability of the survey results.
Follow this link to complete the survey.
Sincere thanks in advance for your continued support of the survey series.
The Commonwealth Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (DESSFB) have released their review of geologist and geophysicist employment in Australia for 2019.
The department’s survey revealed recruitment difficulty for geophysicists and underground mine geologists, in a generally tightening employment market.
The DESSFB survey concluded:
The release of the DESSFB survey findings coincides with the latest quarterly AIG Australian geoscientist employment survey being open for contributions. The declining trend in geoscientist unemployment evident in the AIG survey results is considered consistent with the tightening of the skills market identified by DESSFB. Long-term unemployment remains a feature of the AIG surveys. This could be consistent with the high number of applicants per job identified by DESSFB.
The DESSFB, importantly, notes that exploration and mining are the dominant source of geoscientist employment opportunities in Australia.
What do these results mean for you? Have your say by leaving a comment here or via the AIG Linkedin group. You can also contribute to the latest AIG geoscientist employment survey by following this link before 26 October 2019.
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