Rwanda has a population of approximately 11.3 million people which is dominated by young people with a median age of 19 years and a population growth rate of 2.6%. The GDP of the economy is 4,685 Billion Rwanda Francs (at constant 2011 prices) with an average growth rate of 7.12% over the last 5 years.

Labour force profile in mining sector

The mining sector in Rwanda has 5 principal activities. Extraction of stones is the largest in the sector constituting 61% of establishments followed by mining of metal ores constituting 19.5% and mining support service activities constituting 9.8%. Other activities include retailing of mining products (7.3%) and quarrying (2.4%).

The medium and small establishments dominate the sector, constituting 43.1% and 24.2% respectively. Large establishments account for 17.7%, and Micro ones accounts for 15% of all the establishments in the sector across the country. The mining establishments in the private sector had 2,616 labor units employed as Managers, Professionals (Engineers), Liberal Professionals, Technicians and Artisans. Women employees in the sector constitute 9.4% of the total labor unit and expatriates are 2.2%. 81% of the expatriates in the sector were noted as Mining Engineers and Surveyors.

1. Managers Number Of which women Of which expatriates
Managers (senior management excluding supervisors )901345
2. Mining Professionals Number Of which women Of which expatriates
Mining Engineers Metallurgists and related professionals 2330
Geologists and geo-physicists 1200
Cartographers and Surveyors 511
Other Mining Professionals 4
3. Mining Technicians Number Of which women Of which expatriates
Mining and metallurgical technicians 9000
Mining technicians 3660
Mining and metallurgical technicians 12660
4. Liberal Professionals Number Of which women Of which expatriates
Finance Professionals (Accountants, Financial analysts, Investment analysts) 24130
Administration Professionals(HR, Procurementetc. 2570
Sales Marketing and Public Relations Professionals 720
Lawyers 200
Science and Engineering Associate Professionals 211
5. Artisans Number Of which women Of which expatriates
Clerical Support Occupations (Secretarial, Clerical and other office workers) 1260
Customer service occupation (sales staff, retail cashiers, showroom attendants) 1350
Skilled Craftsmen/Artisans/Tradesmen (electricians, carpenters, masons, motor mechanics, plumbers) 15411190
Plant Operators (incl. drivers, sorters, packers, drivers) 6704
Elementary occupations (unskilled workers, messengers, cleaners, gardeners, security guards, waiters, kitchen assistants) 663821