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Published on August 10th, 2020 | by john.weir

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Big skills shortage looming in WA

WA’s resources sector is facing a skills crunch reminiscent of the last mining boom, with estimates the state will need more than 8000 extra workers in the next 12-18 months.

That’s according to research featured in The West Australian, which says that the shortage is set to be exacerbated by WA’s hard border closure that is making it difficult for companies to source workers from outside the state and forcing them to relocate workers to the state indefinitely.

The WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy says that the state will need 8049 additional workers to meet peak recovery demand to the end of 2020.

Activity is being bolstered by surging prices for two of the state’s key commodities, iron ore and gold, which are helping to shield WA and the nation from the worst of the COVID-related economic shock.

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