Mining continues to be Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s main industry as well as the largest industry for employment on the Goldfields. The strength and diversification of the local mining industry has guaranteed Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s economic well-being, even thriving during economic downturn in Western Australia.
Approximately 5,800 people are employed in the Goldfields mining industry, with employment ranging from relatively unskilled labouring jobs through to senior management and executive positions. The mining industry creates many more jobs in areas such as retailing and the service and hospitality industries.
Jobs in the mining industry are advertised on a weekly basis in both the local and national job market place. Mechanical trades people, including fitters and serviceman as well as electrical trades people and machinery operators are always in high demand in the industry.
Consequently, there are several mining related employment agencies operating successfully in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder. These agencies also provide training courses for people seeking employment in the industry.
Major players in the local mining Industry include Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM), who manage Kalgoorlie’s famous Super Pit operation for joint venture partners Newmont Australia and Barrick Gold Australia. KCGM is recognised for their commitment to the community outside of their day-to-day operations. Other significant players in the gold mining include Barrick and Goldfields. BHP Billiton operates the third largest nickel smelter in the world in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.