Africa is famous for being rich in natural resources: oil, gas, minerals and metals account for the main exports of the continent. The mining industry has gone through some record changes due to the high prices of commodities and mineral reserves exploration. Nevertheless, the mining industry is recognized for being one of the most well-paid industrial sectors, with huge and diverse employment positions offered.
Africa is the largest producer for diamonds, producing half of the world’s diamonds. Having a huge impact on the economic growth of the continent, diamonds are mined in about 25 countries with South Africa being the largest platform for diamonds, despite challenges of the industry becoming more and more difficult.
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"The mining industry is recognized for being one of the most well-paid industrial sectors"
"If you are adventurous enough, working in Africa is an exalting experience, rich in cultural traditions."
Challenges of the mining industry
Working in this industry can be far from relaxing, as one may need to adapt to certain life conditions, particularly in Africa. One of the major obstacles is the political, economic and social issues which have the tendency of scaring a number of expatriates willing to relocate and work in this specific sector, especially for the expats who have families under their charges. However, if you are adventurous enough, working in Africa is an exalting experience, rich in cultural traditions.
Advantages of the mining industry
Expatriates working in the mining industry are generally well-paid with high competitive salaries and risks benefits. Some African companies also offer housing allowances, schooling facilities, company cars, a good amount of leaves and medical covers free of charge. Despite the actual challenges, working in this sector will make you grow professionally with the several trainings offered. African mining companies has a good habit of keeping its staff up-to-date with the latest trends and progresses of the industry.
Africa is famous for gold mining, producing nearly a third of the global production. With more than 30 percent of the global gold resources as well as the productions, South Africa leads the market. As the most important mining sector of the country, it also employs a high percentage of labour force. However, gold mining in South Africa has been declining the last few years and the economic growth of this industry has stalled but still is one of the most important revenue sectors of the country. Along with platinum, coal, iron ore and the recent booming investments of the Chinese market, the gold mining industry remains strong.
If it is a career in the mining industry which you are aspiring for, you can be guaranteed that it will be a lifetime journey and a memorable experience. Africa HR Solutions is active in the mining industry and is the Leading African Employment Expert which you shall come across. If you are willing to relocate in the dark continent, we provide solutions in the NGO sector. As Employer of Record, Africa HR Solutions Ltd has become a major player in the African market regarding Professional Employment Outsourcing (PEO), payroll and compliance.