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Published on February 9th, 2012 | by john.weir

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Australia’s Northern Territory struggling to fill mining jobs

The Minerals Council of Australia says the mining industry is struggling to get workers to relocate to the Northern Territory to work on resources projects.Minerals Council NT spokesperson Peter Stewart told the ABC companies were relying on fly-in-fly-out workers to fill gaps.

He said finding people with the right training and experience was difficult, and having people relocate was also part of the problem.”Skilled people are difficult to find and, clearly, relocating people is part of the puzzle,” he said.According to the ABC, Stewart said there were hundreds of workers needed to fill expanding mining projects in the NT.

“Large operating mines in the Territory have announced programs with varying values of up to half a billion dollars,” he said.

Earlier this week research released by ANZ said mining jobs in resources states had helped boost job advertisements to their highest level in almost two years.ANZ said over the past few months there had been a particular spike in job advertisements coming from Queensland and the Northern Territory.Newspaper advertisements in Queensland, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory have risen 2.6 per cent in the past three months.

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