THE number of job vacancies in the resources sector has fallen more than 20% over the past nine months.
The Australian reports the latest DFP Mining and Resources Job Index dropped 1.9% from February to 77.34 for March, taking the total fall to 22.66% over the past nine months.
DFP Recruitment Services chief executive Robert van Stokrom said that while there was no immediate sign of an upward trend, the industry remained confident there was growth on the horizon on the back of investment in oil and gas.
"There is $180 billion committed to seven new projects, which is encouraging for both Queensland and Western Australia," Mr van Stokrom said.
The index also shows Western Australia's domination of mining and resource job advertising is at a record high of more than 60%, but the increase over the past month comes at the expense of the decline in Queensland and other states rather than an increase in demand in the West.
The index shows permanent opportunities fell almost 30% in the past nine months.
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