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Mining the digital revolution
Africa – Still The Land Of Opportunity?
Fit To Lead
On The Shoulders Of Giants
Assessments Assessed
The Great Escape
The Lost Leaders
The Demographic Time Bomb In Mining
Fifo: A Global Perspective
2016 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q1-Q2)
2017 Mining Job Market Report
2015 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q3-Q4)
2016 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q3-Q4)
2015 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q1-Q2)
2014 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q3-Q4)
Mining the digital revolution
Africa – Still The Land Of Opportunity?
Fit To Lead
On The Shoulders Of Giants
Assessments Assessed
The Great Escape
The Lost Leaders
The Demographic Time Bomb In Mining
Fifo: A Global Perspective
2016 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q1-Q2)
2017 Mining Job Market Report
2015 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q3-Q4)
2016 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q3-Q4)
2015 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q1-Q2)
2014 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q3-Q4)

Mining the digital revolution

The digital revolution is well on its way, and it’s changing the global economy fast and furiously. Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, data analytics, drones, 3D visualisation tools, forecasting solutions, and other innovations, including communication technology, are playing the same enabling role steam engines played a few centuries ago. Like machines running on steam, digital innovations are helping our economy grow and making companies efficient, safer, run faster, and more profitable with fewer mistakes and at a lower cost. But can the same be said for the mining industry? There is no doubt that technology is rapidly transforming the sector but are all organisations up to speed? While some mining companies are harnessing the power of technology to boost efficiency, productivity, turnover, and safety, most are slow to adapt. We wanted to find out more, which is why we surveyed mining professionals from around the world on how they believe technology and the digital revolution are changing their industry. The numbers don’t lie. There is much work to be done.

Africa – Still The Land Of Opportunity?

In this collaboration with the 121 Mining Investment Group’s publication, The Assay, Stratum surveys the market and explores the mood around investment, exploration, and hiring on the continent. The research aims to ascertain the current climate and as well as the outlook over the next 12 months. We trust you will enjoy reading this publication, and we look forward to your feedback. Click here to view the publication.

Fit To Lead

Thank you for your interest in our latest research report. In this first report for 2019, we consider the challenge faced in finding the ideal fit between senior mining leaders and organisational culture. In his near three-month research project, we collected data through nearly 150 scientific behavioural assessments, and almost 200 surveys, of COOs/Operational VP's and General Managers, across nearly 140 organisations globally. In writing our report and recommendations, we also applied data and the insights from our years in managing mining executive search and recruitment assignments globally. The report highlights the behavioural profiles that are currently most commonly found in leaders and considers their fitness for the future.  Our findings have implications for recruitment, personal development and coaching, succession planning and talent management. The report concludes with a 'Lessons for Leaders' summary. We trust you will enjoy reading this original research, and we look forward to your feedback.

On The Shoulders Of Giants

Leadership Lessons from Mining Greats

Thank you for your interest in our latest research report.

For this report we have interviewed nine of the best known and well connected leaders in the mining industry. These include Ross Beaty, Maryse Belanger, Lukas Lundin, Catherine McLeod-Seltzer, Hugh Morgan, David Netherway, Mark O'Dea, Ian Pearce and Rick Rule.

The report presents edited transcripts of the interviews which explore the careers of these mining greats and their opinions of what makes for a great leader in the mining industry. We then distil their thoughts and advice into seven lessons for mining leaders.

Get inside the minds of some of the greatest leaders in our industry by downloading this major new report.

Assessments Assessed

In our latest study we asked 274 clients about the use of psychometric and behavioural assessments in the recruitment process and beyond.

While it is fair to say assessments have their detractors, the majority believe such instruments can play an important role in bringing the right talent onboard – when they are done well.

This short report, which we believe is a first, gives an overview of the use of assessments in the global mining industry and people’s attitudes towards them. The insights helped us to develop our TalentAssay™ methodology and platform.

Download this exclusive report completely free of charge simply by registering your details now.

The Great Escape

The Lost Leaders

In the first quarter of 2015, we ran a survey asking about senior level staff turnover in the mining industry. More than 450 mining professionals answered three brief questions about their personal experiences:


  • Thinking about your current or most recent employer, how many people in the top five site-based management positions have left the organisation in the last 12 months?
  • Thinking about your current or most recent employer, how many people in the top five corporate or executive management positions have left the organisation in the last 12 months?
  • Thinking about your own career intentions, at what point will you consider taking a role with another organisation?


The results indicate an industry in which turnover in the most senior positions has reached levels that should concern any organisation with an interest in continuity and talent retention.

The 14-page report includes analysis and commentary on the findings and six lessons for leaders who want to address a potential hemorrhage of leadership talent.

Download this exclusive report completely free of charge by registering your details now.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

The Demographic Time Bomb In Mining

In Summer 2014, Stratum International released its new research report on the demographic time bomb facing the mining industry and the implications for future leadership.

This 26-page report is based on a survey of 900 mining professionals and includes:


  • Perceptions of the industry’s preparations for the implications of the demographic shifts facing the industry: Only 1% think the mining industry is well prepared.
  • The leadership development strategies people think are most valuable: 82% think succession strategies are important – yet less than a third of organisations have them in place.
  • Insights into where the leaders of the future will come from: 29% of board executives plan to appoint leaders from an external pool of talent they have already identified
  • Plus 8 lessons for leaders.
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Fifo: A Global Perspective

In February 2014, Stratum International released its new research report on Fly-In-Fly-Out rosters, FIFO: A Global Perspective. This 24-page report is based on a survey of nearly 600 FIFO mining professionals and includes insights into:

  • Concerns about FIFO working – 97% believe it has an impact on their family life.
  • How important are business class flights? – You may be surprised.
  • On whose time do FIFO workers think they should travel?
  • How does a well designed FIFO roster compare with other benefits?
  • Is there an ideal FIFO roster?
  • Plus 7 lessons for leaders.
Download this exclusive report completely free of charge simply by registering your details now.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

2016 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q1-Q2)

Stratum International’s bi-annual Mining Job Market Report has been developed to provide clients and candidates alike with a clear understanding of the state of senior level recruitment in the mining industry.

Based on a market analysis using Stratum’s own data set, combined with a wider study of the mining sector, the report is an essential guide for recruitment decision makers and senior professionals considering the next step in their career. Complete the form below to download your free copy.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts.

2017 Mining Job Market Report

Stratum International’s Mining Job Market and Salary Report has been developed to provide clients and candidates alike with a clear understanding of the state of senior level recruitment in the mining industry.

Based on a market analysis using Stratum’s own data set, combined with a wider study of the mining sector, the report is an essential guide for recruitment decision makers and senior professionals considering the next step in their career. Complete the form below to download your free copy.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts.

2015 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q3-Q4)

Stratum International’s bi-annual Mining Job Market Report has been developed to provide clients and candidates alike with a clear understanding of the state of senior level recruitment in the mining industry.

Based on a market analysis using Stratum’s own data set, combined with a wider study of the mining sector, the report is an essential guide for recruitment decision makers and senior professionals considering the next step in their career. Complete the form below to download your free copy.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts.

2016 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q3-Q4)

Stratum International’s bi-annual Mining Job Market Report has been developed to provide clients and candidates alike with a clear understanding of the state of senior level recruitment in the mining industry.

Based on a market analysis using Stratum’s own data set, combined with a wider study of the mining sector, the report is an essential guide for recruitment decision makers and senior professionals considering the next step in their career. Complete the form below to download your free copy.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts.

2015 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q1-Q2)

Stratum International’s bi-annual Mining Job Market Report has been developed to provide clients and candidates alike with a clear understanding of the state of senior level recruitment in the mining industry.

Based on a market analysis using Stratum’s own data set, combined with a wider study of the mining sector, the report is an essential guide for recruitment decision makers and senior professionals considering the next step in their career. Complete the form below to download your free copy.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts.

2014 Half Year Mining Job Market Report (Q3-Q4)

Stratum International’s bi-annual Mining Job Market Report has been developed to provide clients and candidates alike with a clear understanding of the state of senior level recruitment in the mining industry.

Based on a market analysis using Stratum’s own data set, combined with a wider study of the mining sector, the report is an essential guide for recruitment decision makers and senior professionals considering the next step in their career. Complete the form below to download your free copy.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts.



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