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With unemployment predicted to rise to 3.3 million next year, more people are wondering if their jobs are safe.
As more redundancies are announced every week, employees in traditional sectors fear they may be next.
But as jobs decline in traditional sectors such as automotive, civil and construction engineering, workers are finding there are some safer havens they can head to.
Oil and Gas and Nuclear Energy are among the top 10 areas seen to be almost recession-proof  alongside money-saving activities, such as auditing, risk assessment, credit control and purchasing.
So far in this recession those working within the public sector have escaped the worst and it is likely that essential services such as energy and water will also remain buoyant.
There is a shortage of skilled engineers working in the oil and gas sector, which is a key sector of our economy despite the recession, said Gary Hewett, Managing Director of ATA Energy recruitment consultancy.
We continue to use Oil and Gas supplies whatever the economic climate, and engineers from other sectors who have transferable skills can forge a good career in the industry.
Nuclear power is another area which needs an influx of engineering expertise, following the Governments acceptance that nuclear power is back on the agenda.
The old nuclear plants which were decommissioned will require a lot of engineering skills to be brought back into service and the whole sector is likely to expand in coming years.
Civil engineers, in particular, could find they are much in demand if they are willing to bring their transferable skills and apply them to the burgeoning nuclear industry.
ATA Energy is a division of recruitment consultancy ATA Recruitment Ltd, which has more than 45 years of experience in meeting the needs of the rail, technical sales, manufacturing and construction sectors.
Marlon Atreides, Manager of the Oil & Gas sector for ATA Energy, said: There is still a lot of business going on, and we aim to produce win-win placements which suit both clients and candidates.
With our vast experience of placing engineers across a variety of sectors, we have built up a reputation for listening to our clients and matching potential candidates closely to their needs.
Our ethos is to fully understand exactly what our clients require, then to conduct face-to-face interviews with potential candidates to see if they have the necessary skills, experience and attitudes.
In this way, we ensure that candidates fit into a companys culture, giving a good match which maximises the chances of a productive, long-term placement.


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