The human face of mining tech


Richard Roberts

‘The mining technology segment continues to evolve and receive increased attention’

How are mining-tech companies faring in the global war for tech talent? It’s a case of so far, so good.

From large, established players on our global list of 250 mining and minerals technology leaders such as ABB, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric, to the equipment and product suppliers rapidly growing digital arms (Epiroc, Komatsu, Orica, et al) and a wave of new pure tech start-ups, demand for software and mechatronics engineers, data scientists and cybersecurity technicians has exploded in the past five years.

Tech companies looking to solve mining and metals-related problems are not just fighting amongst themselves for talent. They’re up against sexier global tech enterprises, the fast-growing commercial space industry, the world’s military complexes, the finance and medical sectors, and even mining companies with increasing internal technological needs as well as groups such as Rio Tinto competing directly with their tech suppliers, externally, for people.

By our count, mining-tech firms and businesses around the world employ at least 35,000 people directly. That’s up more than 40% on the sector headcount at the end of 2019 and 8% higher than this time last year.

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