Automation Fears Grow

Mining community polled on attitudes to automation.

Automation Fears Grow

Australia & New Zealand

 

Data from Mining People International suggests mine workers are more worried about automation than they were a year ago. The poll, carried out last month via the Mining People Polling/Media Centre asked the question:

How do you feel about the impact of increasing automation throughout the mining industry?

640 individual votes were cast as follows:

I am somewhat worried/concerned

258

40.31%

I am excited/optimistic

226

41.56%

I really don’t have a strong view either way

116

18.13%

 

 

We asked the industry the same question 12 months ago. But given that significantly more is being written about industry automation and its impact on mining jobs in recent times, we were keen to know if that publicity is causing people’s views to change.

 

Last year 374 votes cast:

I am somewhat worried/concerned

131

35.03%

I am excited/optimistic

176

47.06%

I really don’t have a strong view either way

67

17.91%

In 12 months the percentage of people declaring some concern has gone up, with those expressing optimism reducing by the same amount. The proportion of those who don’t have a strong view was unchanged at a relatively low 18%.

Looking at the results according to voter seniority some interesting trends emerged” There was a good sample of each group who responded as follows:

Of the 272 mining supervisors/managers who responded:

I am somewhat worried/concerned

90

33.09%

I am excited/optimistic

142

52.21%

I really don’t have a strong view either way

40

14.70%

 

 

 

Of the 368 non-supervisors/managers who responded:

I am somewhat worried/concerned

168

45.65%

I am excited/optimistic

124

33.70%

I really don’t have a strong view either way

76

20.65%

 

 

 

Mining People have concluded that the fear element in those who are not supervisors and managers is higher than the rest. They feel this makes sense when you consider that, at this stage at least, most of the jobs that have been talked about as being ripe for replacement with automation are focused on the operation of mobile equipment.

There is also a growing amount of commentary at the moment reporting that skills shortages in certain technical mining disciplines are coming. It has been suggested this is true for mainly technically trained people, who are usually the first drawn upon to fill management roles. Perhaps those people see the demand/supply equation for candidates in their field will continue to be in their favour, resulting in them being less concerned by the “threat” of resource industry automation?

Overall the fear element would seem to be increasing in recent times. The findings might also be supported by initial voting the company’s current live poll, which is taking votes on the mining industry’s view of casual jobs. Early votes there seem to suggest there is a strong negative feeling towards them. We’d love to get your contribution to that important survey as well. 



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