Mining Recruitment and Workforce Solutions


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International mining recruiters

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 resources companies with workforce solutions for over 40 years, and we have a strong portfolio when it comes to mining recruitment.

Learn how we can help grow your business in the mining industry today CONTACT A MINING INDUSTRY SPECIALIST
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Why choose Airswift?

Airswift is the staffing agency of choice for world-leading businesses.

We manage 60 offices worldwide, 1,000 employees and 9,000 contractors. Our global reach and pool of available talent is unmatched in the industry.

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.

Workforce Solutions

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Talent Acquisition

We provide permanent recruitment and contractor management services. 

Our talent acquisition offerings include:

  • Retained search and headhunter services. Our dedicated recruiters work to find the best candidates for specialised roles. By leveraging our industry expertise and extensive network, we identify the right candidates.

  • Contingent staffing and contractor management. We provide our clients with the flexibility to scale their workforce up or down without the administrative burden of managing contractors. We take care of all the logistics, including payroll, compliance, and benefits, so that you can focus on your core business.

  • Direct hire and permanent recruitment. For clients who need to fill a critical role within their organisation, our team work with you to understand your unique requirements and identify candidates who meet those criteria. We handle everything from sourcing and screening to negotiating offers and onboarding.

  • Board and executive search. Find the best leaders for your organisation. We strive to understand your strategic goals, values and culture before identifying the right candidates.
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Global Employment and Mobility

For businesses looking to expand their operations internationally, speed and accuracy are critical when it comes to recruiting the right talent for their global projects.

We offer a comprehensive suite of global employment and mobility services designed to help firms hire internationally and mobilise talent around the world.

Our global immigration and visa services, mobilisation and logistics services, relocation management, and payroll and taxation services ensure that your workforce is compliant and ready to hit the ground running, no matter where your projects take you.

In addition, our Global Employment Outsourcing (GEO) services provide a flexible and cost-effective solution for companies seeking to establish a global presence while minimising their administrative burden.

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RPO & Managed Solutions

Airswift offers a comprehensive suite of managed solutions for talent management.

Our services encompass the full recruitment life-cycle, including:

  • Supplier performance tracking to help you monitor and assess the performance of your staffing suppliers to maintain productivity, lower compliance risks and reduce costs.

  • On-site support to ensure that your projects are staffed with the right people at the right time.

  • Transition services for incumbent contingent workers to new staffing arrangements, ensuring a seamless and efficient process.

In addition, we offer recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) solutions to streamline your hiring process and provide a cost-effective staffing solution. Our RPO solutions solve the problem of high recruitment costs and time-consuming processes by providing a comprehensive staffing solution that includes:

  • Sourcing: We leverage our vast network of talent to find the best possible candidates for your cleantech projects.

  • Screening: Our rigorous screening process ensures that you only receive resumes from the most qualified and suitable candidates.

  • Onboarding: We handle all aspects of the onboarding process, including reference checks and other necessary paperwork.

  • Talent management: We provide ongoing support and talent management services to ensure that your staffing needs are always met.

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At Airswift, we understand the unique staffing challenges facing STEM industries. That's why we've made it our mission to connect top talent with the organisations that need them most.

Tackling the talent gap is one of the biggest challenges of the energy transition. As the world races to build a more sustainable future, the demand for skilled professionals is skyrocketing – but supply isn't keeping up.

Our vast network of qualified candidates spans the globe, with expertise in energy, construction, technology and engineering.

Through our industry-leading workforce consulting we can help you with :

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

  • Data Systems
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Facilities Management
  • HSSE
  • Land Management
  • Logistics
  • Project Management
  • Quality
  • Procurement 

Recruitment solutions and employment services delivered to major mining projects

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

You may also be interested in these case studies....

Case Study: Mining in the DRC

Our client needed to source a senior leadership team for a laboratory operation based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Find out how we helped.

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Case Study: Star Mountains

Airswift was approached to manage both the local PNG and global candidate search based on our extensive executive search and global mining experience.

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Case Study: Aluminium Complex

Airswift provided talent acquisition and mobilisation services to a greenfield aluminium rolling mill project located in Saudi Arabia.

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Case Study: Mining Workforce Solutions

Airswift has proven experience to source and supply technically skilled and experienced mining candidates, as well as manage the recruitment process.

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