By JENNIFER HAMILTON-MCCHARLES, The Nugget
Redpath is hiring again.
And there’s no sign of it letting up.
The mining company is looking to hire 20 miners to work in Northern Ontario, but globally there are more than 50 positions up for grabs.
The company, which has its head office in North Bay, is searching for miners to work in a variety of Northern Ontario mining operations.
Mike Kelly, senior vice-president of Redpath Canada Limited, says the sector is on an upswing.
Redpath’s payroll, for example, is at 6,500 people, which is 2,000 more than 18 months ago.
“The lowest point (in the mining sector) was about 18 months ago when we had 4,500 employees. But in the last year we’ve added 200 to 250 employees in Ontario alone,” Kelly said Wednesday.
Redpath employees 800 people across the province.
In previous years, the company has had plenty of resumes from experienced people looking for work to draw from, but that has changed.
“We’re having to advertise now and cast our nets farther,” Kelly said.
“Mining is still down in areas like New Brunswick and Newfoundland, so we see quite a few job applications from Eastern Canada.”
Kelly said the latest 20 mining jobs require applicants to have a minimum of two years experience. However, there are still opportunities for those who don’t in northern Quebec and Saskatchewan.
“In the past, we’ve hired much younger and less experienced and then put them on a training program at one of our sites. However, we haven’t reached that point yet.”
And Redpath isn’t just looking for miners.
It has a variety of other positions that need to be filled at its North Bay office.
Job postings include senior human resource business partner, IT business analyst, project controller and senior contract specialist.
Kelly said it’s becoming quite difficult to find administrative staff.
Unfortunately, he said, people don’t want to relocate to North Bay from southern Ontario.
For more information visit http://www.redpathmining.com/careers/ .