As Australia’s multi-billion-dollar metal mining industry aims to capitalise on strong prices, companies have become locked in a battle to attract professionals.
- Glencore says other companies have been approaching its engineers and offering promotions
- COO Matt O’Neill says the company has had to consider more flexible working arrangements
- The Minerals Council of Australia says international border closures have made the talent pool smaller
But Australian university enrolments for both engineering and geology have been on the opposite trajectory and internationals were filling the void.
With borders shut, Glencore’s Queensland Metals chief operating officer Matt O’Neill said the talent pool for both graduates and experienced staff had become extremely small.