Highly skilled migration and the METS sector: mining equipment, tech and services sector

The METS sector is one of Australia’s largest, alongside other major economic drivers such as construction, agriculture and retail. Australia is recognised globally as the market leader in Mining Equipment, Technology and Services across many different technology platforms and commodity segments. This sector contributes an estimated 15% of GDP and supports over 1.1 million jobs (directly and indirectly), including in regional and remote communities.

Highly skilled jobs in this space currently include engineers, environmental scientists, geologists, geophysicists, mathematicians and financial officers. Rapid advances in technological innovation, including through automation, digitisation and electrification are having a fundamental impact on the mining sector. A few technologies reshaping the sector include autonomous vehicles, automated drilling and tunnel boring systems, drones and smart sensors.

Innovation and emerging technologies continue to evolve the nature of work in mining and therefore, skill requirements. As mining operations become more data-driven, requiring programming and analytical skills, IT professionals and engineers working within this sector will enjoy growing opportunities in the near future rising out of innovative projects currently beginning in session.

With renewable energy sources on the agenda in the face of climate change issues, the mining and energy sectors synergise to address an expanded national scope of coverage in projects concerning the future of Australia. According to the Australian Resources and Energy Group (AMMA), the hybrid sector comprising of mining and energy will need 24,400 plus new workers by 2026 to support its pipeline of 98 new and expansion projects.

Sellanes Clark and Associates continue to provide migration and legal solutions for highly skilled professionals across all sectors, as well as engaging sector-relevant businesses to nominate multiple skilled positions to secure human capital. To enquire about your prospects, please get in touch using this form.

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