What Will the Future of Work and Workers in the Mining Industry Look Like?

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

In a unique collaboration, Wikistrat and idoba partnered to explore the future of work and the workers in the mining industry. How will emerging technologies affect the workforce in the upcoming decade? Why will leaders need to rapidly change their managerial approach and adopt new organizational models? And did COVID-19 really have a significant impact on the industry? Read the full report now


Following the recent success of Digital Mining in the Age of Social Awareness, which culminated in a Mining Global feature on the Top 10 Predictions for the Future of Mining, Sandpit Innovation and Wikistrat have combined forces once again, but this time with the added strength of a new brand – idoba.


idoba is a digital transformation service business, recently announced by global industrial services company Perenti, with Sandpit Innovation the first acquisition within idoba. Optika Solutions, a leader in data science and industrial mathematics, has also been acquired, continuing the growth of idoba as an innovation ecosystem.


In the new collaborative simulation, idoba and Wikistrat initiated a crowdsourced conversation around not only the future of work in the mining industry but also what that future might look like for workers in the industry.


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Some Background


The mining industry is under pressure to change at a more rapid rate than ever before.

This need to change is driven by external trends and from within, by the increasing

need for mining companies to compete with new sectors to attract top talent, the

adaptation of the new technologies, and as a result, the need to invest more in training

and upskilling the current workforce, and ever-existing operational pressures to reduce

costs and increase productivity while at the same time maintain a safe and healthy

working environment.


The Simulation

Participants in the simulation were asked to answer questions and comment on changes and trends that are likely to impact the industry by the year 2030 through three lenses:


  1. People – A focus on talent, skills, and labor supply.

  2. Technology – The role of robotics, data science, and digital transformation.

  3. Society – The impacts from an ESG, regulation, legal and social standpoint.



The assessments in each of these three categories have been further enriched thanks to

idoba, Optika Solutions, and Sandpit, who were each leading in their field of expertise.


idoba, a digital transformation service business, has championed a focus on people – the workers – who are impacted by, and expected to adapt to, an ever-changing mining industry.

Optika Solutions, a leader in data science and industrial mathematics, has spearheaded the participation of those in the world of tech, to further strengthen the cross-section of opinion. With a commitment to driving positive ESG outcomes, the team at Sandpit Innovation has extended the conversation further, to consider the impacts of the future from an ESG, regulation, legal and social perspective.


Future of work(ers) in the Mining Industry
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Read the full report now:

Future of work(ers) in the Mining Industry
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