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Skills Shortage Still a Major Issue for Global Mining Community

Posted: 11/07/2012 5:00:00 AM by Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Diversity, Job-seekers, Mining, AWRA


A new report from Ernst & Young tells an old story. Global mining companies are still challenged by the skills shortage. Business Risks Facing Mining and Metals 2012 – 2013 details the top 10 global concerns for the mining industry. Coming in second only to resource nationalism, the global skills shortage is of real concern to operators in nearly every mining nation.

Global skills shortage for mining companies

The report suggests many smaller countries have joined Australia and Canada as suffering from a skills shortage. Projects spread across the world, many of them in South America and Africa, are feeling the pinch. Indonesia,
Mongolia, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Mozambique are countries mentioned in the report.

With new projects coming on board as a result global confidence in the long-term opportunities for the sector, the demand for skilled workers is creating a global vacuum for skills. AMMA has long expressed a concern that a skilled labour shortage will have a negative impact on current and future resource industry projects in Australia.

3 strategies to battle the skills shortage

To combat the skills shortage, the report identifies three ways organisations are attempting to tackle the skills shortage.
  1. Improving the Employee Value Proposition (EVP) of an organization – Companies know they have to do more than provide a good compensation and benefits package. They must also develop viable reasons for employees to stay. New accommodation, excellent food and attractive rosters are some of the ways Australian companies are luring and keeping employees.
  2. Sourcing non-traditional workers – Diversity programs in Australia are one of the key ways employers are tapping into new talent. Both women and Indigenous workers are being targeted for positions. AWRA is an industry-wide initiative to attract more female participation.
  3. Finding complementary skills in other sectors – While Australian companies have traditionally required mining experience, skilled workers from manufacturing, construction, and the defense forces are now being considered for mining jobs.

What this means for the jobseeker

The skills shortage is being felt right across the globe. Employers are considering new ways to attract and retain skilled talent. The key for jobseekers is to acquire the appropriate skills and training to qualify for lucrative mining jobs. If you have skills but don’t have the appropriate certificates, investigate Recognition of Prior Learning in our Careers and Industry Guide.

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