Swakop Uranium in recruitment drive
Swakop Uranium, developer of the Husab mine expected to become the world’s second largest uranium mine, has started recruiting workers.
Although the Husab mine will only become operational in the second half of 2015, Swakop Uranium says it wants to mobilise and train its permanent staff well in advance. The company plans to employ 1800 permanent employees.
According to Percy McCallum, Swakop Uranium’s Director Human Resources, the focus of the early recruitment drive is on ensuring operational readiness by building the strength of the Swakop Uranium team. “Our aim is to attract and retain skilled individuals and to coach and mentor emerging talent, so that the company can ensure it has a world-class pool of Namibian employees.”
He says although all permanent jobs will be advertised in the media and also on the Swakop Uranium website (www.swakopuranium.com), the company is encouraging suitably qualified professionals to apply. He says they will first consider all Namibian applications but if no suitable local skills are available, then non-Namibians will be considered in line with current legislation.”
Percy stresses that Swakop Uranium will endeavour to attract and retain quality staff and be seen as an employer of choice in Namibia.
Interested persons should submit their CV and relevant supporting documents to [email protected]
Meanwhile, Swakop Uranium says it has entered into an agreement with the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) and employee representatives whereby all employees within the bargaining unit will receive a 7% increase across the board, effective from 1 July 2013.
In addition to the wage increase, the parties also agreed to improvements of some allowances, such as the housing allowance.
All employees in the bargaining unit will now receive N$1500.00 as hosing allowance per month. The company also undertook to permanently employ the current temporary employees during the last quarter of 2013. The parties also agreed that employees will be allowed to join Swakop Uranium’s pension fund scheme when they become permanent employees.