Mining giant claims more women in workforce a 'top priority'

AS MINING giant Anglo American prepares to fill 2000 jobs through its Queensland developments, its leader told a conference the company was determined to fill a chunk of those positions with women.

Anglo chief executive Seamus French said it was a "top priority" for the coal-mining powerhouse to ensure women made up a more significant portion of its workforce.

He said the company had 4500 workers throughout Australia, with women now making up 12%, or about 540 of them.

That was an increase of 32% since 2010.

He told the Australian Women in Resources Alliance conference on Tuesday it was more than just a plan, it included working with schools, universities, its own managers and current staff.

By 2018, Anglo intends to have women representing 20% of its workforce.

Anglo is currently developing its $1.7 billion Grosvenor project near Moranbah, in Central Queensland, which create 1000 jobs by the time construction finishes.

Its Moranbah South project remains in planning.



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