Projected human resources deficit leads to editing the Chilean Mining Labour Force Study

The original version of the study is a product of Hrmining 2010 and now, just days before the start of the 2nd International Seminar on Human Capital Management in Mining, the most current information is being analysed.

The importance of human capital in the mining industry and the emphasis that mining companies have placed on the issue has prompted Fundación Chile to edit the Chilean Mining Labour Force Study. The study´s release date will become known during the 2nd International Seminar on Human Capital Management in Mining- HRMINING 2012- which will take place from 7 to 9 November.

The first version of the study is a result of Hrmining 2010 where some of the most important mining companies in the country, in conjunction with Fundación Chile, defined the criteria in which human resources in mining should be more closely examined.

The study, unprecendented in the country´s history of mining, released information stating that by 2020 44,000 more workers will need to be contracted, both internally and contracted out, within the areas of extraction, processing, and maintenance.

The second version of the study, in which the most recent information is currently being analysed, seeks to cover a broader spectrum within the mining sector. The study at first looked at the reality of Codelco, BHP Billiton, Antofagasta Minerals, Anglo American and the Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi. This year, Barrick, Xtrata Copper, Lumina Copper, Yamana Gold, Freeport-McMoRan and Teck have been added to the study.

The reissue of this study also incorporates 18 mining supplier companies, widening the scope within the industry and in turn, producing more precise results.

The second version of Hrmining which will take place in the Sheraton Hotel in Santiago, Chile, is organised by Gecamin and the Centre for Innovation in Human Capital at the Fundación Chile, and presided by Alex Jacques, Vice-President of Human Resources at BHP Billiton Base Metals, Chile. Important human resources representatives from the mining industry will also attend in order to analyse and evaluate human capital management and opportunities for improvement in the sector.

The event will include four discussion panels surrounding the initiatives for developing the mining labour force in Chile, best training practices used by supplier companies, the human resources situation in other mining countries, and the attraction and livability of mining sites and cities.

Additionally, the programme includes the professional development course "Managing human capital in a mining environment" which will be given by experts from the Centro Minero Innovum from the Fundación Chile on 6 and 7 November.