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Staffing it down

SEVERAL years ago, the concept of a recruitment company specialising in mining personnel might have seemed ambitious. Now, the level of specialisation has gone up a notch, with the concept of recruiting companies dedicated to underground mining moving closer to reality.

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Staffing it down

There are some good reasons for this new need, but most of them come back to risk.

The higher risk environments of underground mines and the associated requirement for staff to have more qualifications and more experience to safely go into their workplaces have in recent years placed increasing demand on the resources of recruiting companies seeking to handle a workforce which seems to constantly be in flux.

It follows, then, that the mining companies and mine services companies which are seeking these staff need to have confidence that their recruiting company can and does provide staff who have precisely the right experience and certification for the job.

Brian Halberg, a director of Perth-based recruitment and human resources consulting company Crest HR, told MiningNewsPremium.net risk was a fundamental factor in assessing potential underground staff.

“In our industry, you carry all the risk,” he said. “The extra insurance isn’t exactly all that oppressive, but my experience has been that when you do have an accident, it’s generally not minor. It’s usually quite major and it does impact your costs and profitability.

“Mining has become so much safer since I got involved more than 20 years ago, but it’s still a risk management thing. Still, I have always thought we would start a separate company that does nothing but recruit for underground mining, because I’ve got a great name for it.

“The company would be called “Staff It Where the Sun Don’t Shine”. But yes, we have seriously toyed with the idea of setting up a separate entity for underground mines.

“It would be to take advantage of people who want to get into mining and want to do something about it,” Halberg told MNP. “

He said there was easily enough buoyancy in the resources recruitment sector to support such a specialised mining recruitment company. The main source of clients for the venture would be the small to mid-tier mining and mine services companies, Halberg said.

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