There is more evidence of a resurgence in the resources sector with a report out today showing a 30 per cent rise in WA job vacancies in the past year.

The DFP Resources job index shows a 29.6 per cent increase in resource job vacancies in WA in the year to August compared with the same period the previous year in fields including geology, drilling, engineering, business support, operational managers and trades.

DFP Resources State Manager Kate Duncan said the increase was not a temporary blip but the result of steady and sustained improvement across the resources sector.

“The change has not been dramatic,” she said.

“It has been very steady, with a gradual increase month after month, so it is all going in the right direction.”

However, there was a 1.4 per cent decrease in job ads in WA last month.

Ms Duncan said demand had been steady in iron ore and gold, in locations from the Pilbara to the Goldfields.

Hays Recruitment revealed steady vacancies in operational and maintenance roles across the resources sector.

Director of Mining Chris Kent said demand was strongest for positions relating to improving the efficiency or productivity of a mine such as shut-down planners.

DFP Resources’ latest report will say that WA accounts for 46.1 per cent mining and resources job vacancies nationally.

According to the report, key WA-based employers with the highest level of vacancies for August included BHP, the Snowden group, Downer, Rio Tinto and Gold Fields Australia.

The report shows there has been some relief for engineers, with hiring up 78.5 per cent in the past year nationally.

Mechanical and production engineers are in the most demand.

The West Australian revealed at the weekend that the number of mineral exploration licence applications — which indicates the amount of work in the pipeline — was up 45 per cent in the June quarter at 669, compared with 460 in the June quarter the previous year.

The annual figure was up 29 per cent in the last financial year compared with 2015-16.

Mining tenure applications — usually the first step in setting up a mine project — rose 14 per cent from 3685 in 2015-16 to 4197 in 2016-17.