We have recently emerged from a very challenging year for both our business and our people. During 2009, OZ Minerals sold a significant part of the business and this impacted on many of our employees. However, most of our employees, particularly those based at operational sites, were able to continue on under the respective new owners of those assets. OZ Minerals retained most employees related to the Prominent Hill mine, exploration interests in Cambodia and Group offices.
During this time of change, affected employees were offered access to the company’s Employee Assistance Program and outplacement services as required.
At the close of 2009, OZ Minerals had 331 employees and 476 contractors. Most of our workforce is now Australian based with 608 employees and contractors based at our Prominent Hill operation. Our Group office is headquartered in Melbourne and we have a small administration office in Adelaide. Outside of Australia we have 122 employees and contractors, primarily working for our exploration division on projects mainly in Cambodia.