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AER International – Quarterly Market Report (December 2016)
Welcome to the first Quarterly AER Market Report. AER International is a leading international recruitment firm dedicated entirely to the mining industry, and in particular to remote site- based roles in emerging economies. Based on years of experience recruiting for our clients in every continent, and in multiple countries (over 30 so far) we are able to deliver in-depth, and up to date reports on the state of the labour market in this very specific environment
Following the severe downturn experienced from 2013 to 2015, there are signs that we are beginning to experience a real recovery. With commodity prices recovering and firms balance sheets improving, allied to an improved appetite from the investor community, 2017 appears to promise better, more vibrant times for our industry. Of course, this upturn will create new pressures. Keeping costs under control has long been an Achilles heel of the mining business, from juniors right through to the majors. Staffing costs are one of the key variables that can easily overshoot budgets in a tightening market. With skills shortages likely to feature again soon, it is critical to attract the right people – but avoid overpaying.
This first report will focus on the specific area of Site Support (non-technical) roles in Francophone Africa. We examine aspects such as salary and benefits packages, FIFO rosters, candidate qualifications, language skills etc. We also provide commentary on trends in the market place as well as our views on why certain phenomena present themselves (differentials in salary between nationalities for example). Our reports are based wholly on our own data which is constantly updated and refined. We have thousands of records and multiple data points which are instantly searchable through our CRM. The data used within this report is detailed and summarised in Section 1. ‘Our Data’.
We hope you enjoy reading the report and find it of some value in benchmarking against the market and helping to inform your decision making when considering staff attraction policies. Please do note that what we have presented here is a very limited sample of what we can present through our data source. If you would like to obtain information relating to a topic not contained within this report, please do ask us as I am sure we will be able to help. Please also note that we will be providing a Market Report at least once each quarter with the next one due in March 2017.
Following on from this we will be providing reports on the following topics:
- Mind the gap – The gender balance in mining
- Technical Roles in Francophone Africa
- The Russosphere and the Russian Diaspora
- Latin America
- Non-Francophone Africa
- The Construction Phase
- EPC contractor v Direct Hire – where should the staffing lines be drawn?
- The Process Plant
If you would like us to provide your firm with a specific report on a topic important to you, that is not mentioned here, please also contact us as we can commission tailor-made reports. Comments and feedback are actively invited. We want to provide you with the best, most relevant, useful and informative reports we can, so please help us to improve!!
Wishing you a successful and prosperous 2017.
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