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To understand the
importance of the mining industry and mining jobs to the development of human
beings, we only have to look at its significance throughout history.
evidence suggests that the first mining examples can be traced back to
prehistoric periods. The material mined was flint, which humans used for tools
and weapons such as knives and arrowheads.
The world's oldest
known underground mine was located at Bomvu Ridge in Swaziland's Ngwenya
mountains. It is believed to be over 40,000 years old, and a natural clay
pigment called Ochre was mined.
civilisations understood the vital importance of mining materials in developing
their societies and communities. They also acknowledged the necessity of the
continuous development of mining practices as a method of overcoming challenges
and increasing productivity. The industry is facing new challenges in today's
world, and the importance of development and progression has never been
As these demands for
change grow, so does the need for workers. Across the globe, talent pools are
increasing, and more and more mining jobs are appearing. The Minerals Council
of Australia reported a 'jobs boom' and the availability
of thousands of mining opportunities across the country. North America has also
recently seen a noticeable increase
in mining vacancies across the country. In addition, Europe was the
fastest-growing region for hiring digital roles in the mining industry in the
second quarter of 2022.
It is an exciting
time to work in the mining industry. However, mining must continue to develop
itself to attract a highly skilled workforce, creating a productive and
sustainable future for the industry.
Here we will explore the mining industry's key challenges, development, and future.
Despite the rich and
fascinating history of mining, it is no secret that it has been a
male-dominated industry. However, women's representation in
senior-management positions has been the subject of considerable debate in
In 2013, PricewaterhouseCoopers
(PWC) found that only 5% per cent of the board positions of the top 500 global
listed mining companies are occupied by women. At this time, the mining
industry had the fewest number of women on its boards than any other industry. In 2019, they carried out a separate
report of the top mining companies and found that there has been a marginal
increase of 21%. This put these mining companies on par with the average
Fortune 1000 companies.
The culture of mining
companies has contributed to a lack of female employment in the industry. In a 2021 survey of
mining employees by McKinsey and Co, they found that women entering the
industry were attracted to the variety of work and growth opportunities it
offered. However, reasons for women leaving were stated that they felt that
advancement opportunities were limited and it has a non inclusive
The good news is
things are changing, and the industry is starting to wake up. Diversity is key
to the industry's future, and some very striking statistics back it up. For example, in
2019, Market Intelligence carried out a study which revealed:
Corp is an industry leader in understanding the importance of diversity, not
just for profits but as an employment avenue for women seeking senior-level and
management positions. As a result, 40% of the company's workforce are women,
making up nearly 70% of the executive management team. Perpetua Resources Corp.
President and CEO Laurel Sayer explained:
be able to find a career in mining. It's our responsibility as leaders to open
that door. I think in order to diversify the workforce, you need to show that
you have diversity at the top."
Women entering into
senior-level positions is vital to the diversification of the industry as a
whole. This increased diversity is also critical to the industry's future as
it continues to evolve in the face of challenges from the digital age and
climate change. Barbara Dischinger, director and founder of the UK-based
nonprofit organisation International Women in Mining, commented on the
importance of diversity to the industry's future,
facing many challenges today, from digital disruption to sustainability and
decarbonisation. Diversity promotes diversity of thought, which is extremely
important for creativity, and strategic resilience, which mining companies will
need to tackle the next mining supercycle and current challenges the industry
As the industry
adapts to these new challenges, the demand for female
representation at the senior level will increase. The future is bright, and as the
mining industry evolves, the female faces we will see in roles such as board
members, chief executive officers, mine managers, and mine engineers will
As human reliance on mining continues in the modern age and well into the future, the advancement of technology is constant and vital. To highlight the demand, an average American uses approximately 40,000 pounds of newly mined materials annually.
In the early days of mining, miners used primitive tools made of stone or
even used their hands as digging tools. The Middle Ages saw significant
technological advancements as explosives powders and, eventually, dynamite was
used to dismantle large rocks. In the 19th century, mining tools such as lifts,
pumps, and drills came to fruition.
advancements have led to the industry's survival throughout history. However,
continued progress is vital in facing ongoing challenges such as climate change
and a growing population.
Drones have become a visible
presence across wider society in recent years, and this is no different in the
mining industry. They have been vital to improving the industry by performing
the following services:
There are several
advantages of mining companies using drone technology. Some of the key benefits
Intelligence is a crucial instrument in the advancement of the mining industry.
Smart Data and Machine Learning improve mine safety, production workflow, and
operational effectiveness. As the industry is developing so quickly, AI is
essential for how mines make decisions and plan for the future. Mining AI has
been vital in the development of two main areas:
The development of
mine planning software has provided an efficient, accurate, and cost-effective way
for mining companies to manage their businesses. It can be operated remotely,
meaning that mining companies can manage all aspects of their business from
anywhere on the globe, making mining practices significantly more
Mine planning software reduces costs and the environmental impact and substantially improves the miners' health and safety. Due to its development, the proportion of mining companies hiring Artificial Intelligence-related positions has increased in 2022 against last year. For example, in May 2022, hiring rates were 38.1% vs 21.4% in the same month in 2021.
With the advancement
of technology, there is a concern that the new technology will deplete the
human workforce. Fortunately, this remains untrue; Mark Ryan from technology
company Normet explained:
often think that if we have this increased level of technology, that
potentially their job becomes redundant. What we've seen in reality is that
those jobs still exist; it's just that the skills are different,"
Below are just two
examples of roles which have developed and will become more prominent as
technology advances in the mining industry:
CSG is a recruiting
company committed to building and maintaining strong relationships with our
clients and candidates within the mining industry. We have an expansive network
of experts who track the latest market updates and developments.
This network allows
us to guide, advise, and effectively support clients to grow their businesses
and streamline their talent attraction strategies. Our focuses are on the
latest trends, overcoming challenges, and ensuring the client is suited to the
needs and motivations of our candidates. In addition, CSG Talent works closely
with our clients to ensure a hiring process which is both seamless and
If you would like to
discuss the latest developments in mining technology, are looking to recruit
for new roles within your organisation, or looking for an exciting new
challenge in the mining industry, please get in touch.