BHP Billiton employs about 28,000 people worldwide, but only about 17.5 per cent of them are women. BHP’s Mike Henry concedes that it will be a challenge to lift the proportion of women in its workforce to 50 per cent by the target date of 2025. However, women now account for some 38 per cent of new hires at BHP, and Henry notes that the group was able to widen the field of applicants for jobs at its remote operations centre in Brisbane by waiving the requirement for 15 years’ experience in the mining sector.
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