Industry analyst Stellar Recruitment has released its Salary Guide 2013-14 that includes predictions and salary ranges in the mining, construction, and oil and gas industry, particularly in the US and Australia.

The guide, which contains data compiled by division managers from 1 July 2012, includes a range of challenges and risks from government regulations, increasing costs, commodity pricing, candidate sourcing, and the cost of service providers.

Salary Guide 2013-14 comprises of one-year industry forecasts and trends, skill shortages, retention strategies, industry commentary, and positive signs in the near future.

The guide said that increasing costs due to labour, energy, health and safety requirements, delays, taxes, and increased compliance is a major concern for all industry stakeholders.

Stellar Recruitment managing director Shaun McCambridge said that energy, oil and gas sectors has brought growth over the past 12 months and a growing demand for key skill sets.

"Stellar has witnessed current and forecasted shortfalls of experienced personnel for both onshore and offshore projects. These shortages have been across the engineering and construction phase through operations," McCambridge added.