According to The Australian Financial Review, the number of available engineering jobs in Western Australia has jumped by 33 per cent over the past 12 months, underscoring fears from miners such as Rio Tinto that wage inflation may return as mining and infrastructure projects start to compete for qualified workers.
In June 2018, there were 746 available jobs for engineers in the state, up from 716 jobs in January and 562 jobs a year earlier, according to a new report from Engineers Australia.
Brent Jackson, executive general manager of Engineers Australia, said the data showed "slow and gradual" growth in jobs in WA.
"There's no cause to be panicking at this stage and talking dramatic skills shortages, but the trends are upwards," Mr Jackson said. "We are seeing far more sustainable growth [than during the resources boom], the more we move away from the boom-bust cycle the better."
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