Jamaica is a world leader in the production of bauxite. Bauxite is used as the raw material in the production of alumina, alumina is then used to produce aluminum. Aluminum is then used in transport, packaging, and construction. Large deposits of high-quality bauxite are found in St. Ann, St, Elizabeth, Manchester, and Clarendon. Russia is a key investor in the Bauxite mining sector in Jamaica. Mining activities in Jamaica has been under scrutiny due to environmental concerns regarding deforestation, land degradation, however the industry is also an important contributor to the country’s economy accounting for approximately 3% of the country’s GDP and provides much needed employment and local revenue.
Mining companies in Jamaica have committed to investing in community development and increasing employment in Jamaican mining jobs locally. There are also programs to improve local education and healthcare services and well as improve local infrastructure. Jamaican mining recruitment trends indicate a diverse range of opportunities available to professionals with mining experience.