Mining companies dominate LinkedIn's 30 Most InDemand Employers in Australia
Professional networking service LinkedIn has revealed its 2015 top 30 “Most In Demand Employers” for Australia and the majority of the list is comprised of mining firms.
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Four of the top 10 companies mentioned were mining companies with Rio Tinto topping the rankings at number one, BHP Billiton coming in third, Leighton Contractors taking fifth and Thiess at number 10. UGL Limited rounded out the list at number 30.
The annual ranking, which is in its third year, is based on a field of 12,000 respondents registered with the networking database in Australia. The list ranks organization based on LinkedIn member awareness of a company (how many people have viewed an employer’s profile within the past year) and engagement on LinkedIn (how many members have followed a companies' Company or Career Page within the past year).
Higher talent brand awareness and engagement among members on LinkedIn equal a more effective talent brand and a higher InDemand ranking.
“LinkedIn is a key communications platform to connect with the thousands of talented and highly motivated people in Australia who are interested in our company,” said Rio Tinto spokesman Bruce Tobin. “We are grateful for the support and interest of our 215,000 followers on LinkedIn.”
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On making the list, mining contractor Thiess said: “Making the top 30 ranking is an important milestone for the company. Based on billions of interactions from LinkedIn’s 296 million members, it’s evidence of Thiess’ ability to be innovative in the way we engage with clients and potential employees.”
Other notable companies on the list included Google (#2), Microsoft (#4), Apple Inc. (#7), Chevron, Shell (#8), Deloitte (#16), BP (#18), IBM (#21), Virgin Australia (#25) and Hewlett-Packard (#28).
Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations
Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.
Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel
The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.
“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.
“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”
Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba
Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.
“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.
“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”
The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history. Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.
“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.