Mining Recruitment and Workforce Solutions

Global specialists in staffing, employment and mobility

Airswift is an international mining recruitment agency

If you’re ramping up production or starting mining projects in Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East or elsewhere, and need to find the best in specialist mining talent, Airswift can help.

Our team of international recruitment specialists from 70 different nations are passionate about transforming the lives of workers in the extraction industries and building mining recruitment pipelines that always unearth the best talent.

Airswift has been providing the biggest energy, resources and infrastructure companies with workforce solutions for over 40 years, and we have a strong portfolio when it comes to mining recruitment.

Global Coverage

We have an international presence and our 60 interconnected recruitment offices can be found in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the CIS region, North and Latin America, and more. They’re also complemented by super hubs in Houston, Texas, Manchester, UK, and Singapore.

Airswift is proud to have a 96% contractor satisfaction rate, and we’re always on-hand to provide the absolute best workforce solutions for your global mining and metals projects.

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Talent acquisition and recruitment for the mining industry

Airswift is experts in sourcing potential staff, recruitment, onboarding, contractor management and more. We partner with hiring managers and HR departments to provide them with contract hire, direct hire, engaged search and other talent acquisition solutions.

Our talent acquisition services include:

Airswift Talent Acquisition Workforce Solutions

  • Screening qualified potential candidates
  • Retained search and headhunter services
  • Contingent staffing and contractor management
  • Professional search and permanent recruitment
  • Executive and board search

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Global employment and relocation services

If you’re planning a mining project abroad and are entering new territories, we will provide agile solutions to help with global immigration, relocation services, global employment outsourcing and more.

Our global employment and mobility services include:

Airswift Global Employment & Mobility Workforce Solutions

  • Global immigration and visa services
  • Mobilisation and logistics services
  • Relocation management
  • Payroll and taxation services
  • Global Employment Outsourcing (GEO)

Managed solutions and recruitment outsourcing solutions (RPO solutions)

If you’re struggling to manage the complexities of a large global workforce and want to focus on your mining projects, we can take the weight from your shoulders with robust managed solutions such as:

Airswift Managed Solutions

  • Full life cycle recruitment support
  • Supplier performance tracking
  • Onsite support
  • Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO)
  • Transition services of incumbent contingent workers

Consulting: talent mapping, benchmarking and strategy development 

Data is key to building a mining recruitment strategy that will help your company navigate the sector’s future challenges. We can provide that with consultancy, talent analytics and Total Workforce Intelligence (TWI) data services.

Our consulting services include:

Airswift Workforce & HR Consulting Services

  • Talent mapping
  • Salary and market rate benchmarking
  • Identification and delivery of cost savings
  • Skills assessment
  • Strategic workforce planning
  • Performance and risk management advice


Recruitment solutions and employment services delivered to major mining projects

Here are just a few of the mining projects we’ve helped to recruit staff for in recent years:

Anglo American

Global mining house Anglo American has considerable mining assets in Australia. In a rebuilding phase, Anglo American needed a new Head of Corporate Relations for Australia to report directly to the CEO

Airswift was commissioned thanks to our experience recruiting challenging, high-profile roles in the mining industry. A shortlist of 10 candidates was provided to the CEO within a month, and a successful appointment made within nine weeks of commencing the assignment.


Aloca is a global mining and metals company that Airswift has recruited for around the world. The Global Alumina business has a number of large assets in Australia and was seeking a General Manager for their largest and oldest asset. Airswift was engaged to conduct a Global Search for a very specific leadership and technical expertise set.

Airswift mapped the global talent pool that would meet the strict criteria for the role and, in consultation with Alcoa, approaching every potential candidate. During this process, Airswift had been providing advice and alternate options for Alcoa consideration. Following this detailed and extensive project Alcoa, employed an exceptional candidate identified by Airswift.


ArcelorMittal has a global presence and supplies major markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging with safe, sustainable steel. In 2014, the company needed to recruit more than 100 skilled, experienced steel workers from a variety of disciplines in operations across South Africa and Europe.

Airswift was approached and commissioned to fill 40 of those positions, most of which were based in South Africa. Airswift’s mining recruitment specialists held a detailed interview process with all candidates over a four-month period, with successful applicants given the opportunity to relocate with their families and be sponsored into South Africa. Airswift successfully identified and filled all 40 positions.

Harmony Gold

Harmony Gold owns and operates the Hidden Valley mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and is supported by experienced mining professionals; typically expats with over a decade’s experience.

Harmony Gold needed various mining professionals to fill numerous technical roles as well as people with skills, leadership and training experience and a suitable cultural awareness in order to engage and train the existing PNG workforce.

Airswift’s mining recruitment specialists worked with Harmony Gold to find experienced technical mining professionals as well as providing our full mobilisation services including coordination of visas, interviews, travel, on-boarding and payroll. Airswift supplied over 20 contractors to Harmony Gold and the Hidden Valley mine.

Ok Tedi Mining

Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) operates an open-pit copper, gold and silver mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). OTML needed to appoint the crucial role of Country Head of Health and Safety for PNG in 2017. Just some of the skills needed for the role included an executive Health and Safety background, extensive international mining exposure and a minimum of 15 years’ experience.

Airswift’s teams in PNG and Australia took OTML’s requirements and delivered Talent Mapping services, providing a detailed list of local and international candidates. Our mining recruitment specialists worked closely with OTML to manage the interview process and provided Global Mobility services, Global Immigration and Relocation Services.

Vale Canada

In 2014, Vale Canada’s Long Harbour Processing Plant (LHPP) began operations and looked to employ approximately 475 people at full production.

Vale Canada commissioned Airswift to provide full Talent Acquisition services and recruitment support to find those candidates. Airswift has 12 consultants currently working on LHPP across the Project Controls, Contracts Management and Administration disciplines.