Prioritising Local Recruitment

Our Approach to Recruitment

One of the most important pillars of our human capital strategy is the priority we attach to recruiting talented and motivated local and host country nationals. As shown in the local employment prioritisation illustration, our policy is to recruit wherever possible from the communities near our mines and if we are unable to find staff with the appropriate skills from the local community, we seek to recruit host country nationals, followed by regional and African employees, before finally looking internationally. We have a group target for at least 90% of our workforce to be host country nationals.

This strategy helps us build strong relationships with our host communities and secure environments for our mine. It also provides us with a world-class workforce, at a relatively low cost base, and helps enhance the overall skill levels of our host communities and countries.

 

At the end of 2017 we had a total workforce of 12 422. Of these, 92% were host country nationals. Local talent appears at all levels of the company including managements and executives. Our mines in Mali all have 100% Malian management teams. At both Kibali (DRC) and Tongon (Côte d’Ivoire) the management teams constitute at least 75% nationals. Two members of the Randgold board are also host country nationals.

Our Approach to Recruitment

Our Workforce

at 31 December Group Total Corporate / Exploration Loulo Gounkoto Morila Tongon Kibali
      Expat Nat Expat Nat Expat Nat Expat Nat Expat Nats
Employees 4 305 302 124 1 801 3 143 0 372 15 644 108 793 150
Contractors 8 130   31 1 019 31 1 032 3 441 26 1 071 352 4 124
Combined total workforce 12 435 302 155 2 820 34 1 175 3 813 41 1 715 460 4 917

Hard Work and Commitment Leads to Opportunities

Tanou Vamara is a 30 year old from the village of Kantinon near our Tongon mine in Côte d’Ivoire. He joined Randgold in September 2010, having been selected to undergo training as a plant operator. Tanou explains, "I was sent to Morila to learn about mining and how to work in the plant and processing, it was my first time on a mine and it was very exciting. Getting a job at Tongon is a glory for me, some of my friends finished school and have no job and nothing to do, but I came straight from school to here." Tanou has proved himself to be a motivated and hardworking employee and has been promoted to processing supervisor. Tanou continues, "I have had lots of training and opportunities to improve my skills, Randgold is like university for me. If you work hard and you want to learn there are lots of opportunities. Some people here started in very low positions but they have progressed so much they could probably manage the whole mine. I was an operator but now I am a supervisor and I manage five others. People management is not always easy, but helping people to learn how to do their job and then seeing them do it well is a joy."

Hard Work and Commitment Leads to Opportunities

He continues, "Randgold has been good not just for me, but for our community, our region and all Côte d’Ivoire. The way they run their projects, many people can benefit and they can continue. There are more schools and opportunities now, I used to have to travel 5km to go to school. For my son, we can see the school from our house."