The Mining People Polling/Media Centre

Welcome to the Mining People Polling/Media Centre. We want to know what you think on a broad range of mining, recruitment, human resources (HR) & other mining industry topics.

Please contribute your thoughts below via our most current poll question or browse the archives of previous questions. If you have a question or wish to submit a topic for discussion, please email the team.

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Current Poll

We’d like to hear your thoughts on the pay gap in the mining industry.

The gender pay gap has been hotly debated for quite some time now. What exactly is the pay gap, you might ask? It’s the difference between the average full-time weekly earnings of men and women across all ages, industries and roles. A recent Government report found that, while the gap is narrowing, there’s still a large discrepancy to the tune of $25,000. However, this does differ substantially between industries.

Do you think men are paid more than women in your workplace, for doing the same or similar work?
What do you think the gap looks like?
Why do you think this is?
Please rank in order the factors that you believe contribute to the pay gap, with 1 being the most important. Please note, you do not need to rank all options – just the ones you believe are important
  • Women taking career breaks (e.g. maternity leave)
  • Mining is a male dominated industry
  • There are simply more men with mining experience than women
  • Men are better at salary negotiation
  • There are not enough women with training in specialised mining areas
  • Women are less interested in working FIFO
  • Men are more likely to get promotions in mining
  • Previous salary affects what the person is offered
What is your gender?
Do you work in the mining industry?

Thank you for taking the time to give us your comments.

Previous Polls

Date Name Votes
November 2017 Adani’s massive Queensland Coal mine – should it go ahead or should it not? 493
October 2017 How does the mining industry handle mental health? 143
September 2017 Same-sex marriage plebiscite vote 446
August 2017 What is your favoured work and lifestyle roster? Please select just one. 1056
July 2017 How do you feel about the impact of increasing automation throughout the mining industry? Please just choose one option. 374
May 2017 What method, have you found to be the most effective, in searching for a job? (Please make ONE choice only) 355
April 2017 Do you think illicit drug usage by mining employees is becoming a bigger issue for mining companies? (Please select just one option) 791
March 2017 Major Iron Ore miners in WA have paid $0.25/tonne in State royalties since 1966. A political party suggests increasing this. The amount aside, do you agree? 449
February 2017 Why did you leave your last job? IMPORTANT NOTE: We appreciate there is often several reasons for leaving, but please just select the most significant one. 642
December 2016 Does your workplace provide an environment and culture that is sensitive to and supportive of women in the workplace? Select just ONE of the options below. 342
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