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TRAINING IS KEY FOR A NEW ERA IN ENERGY PRODUCTION

TRAINING IS KEY FOR A NEW ERA IN ENERGY PRODUCTION SAYS OILCAREERS.COM AND AIR ENERGI SURVEY

Joint report encourages a shared responsibility in the recruitment and retention of a global workforce

Surging demand for oil and natural gas will see an influx in investment and rise in activity across 2011. This is expected to create an increase in global hiring according to a joint report from OilCareers.com, the international jobs board for the oil and gas industry, in association with partner Air Energi, a global provider of manpower solutions to the energy sector.

Focusing on employment and salary trends in the energy sector, the report, entitled & lsquo;The Global Oil & Gas Workforce Survey: Expectations for hires and pay rates in the oil and gas industry (H2) 2011’, addresses the issues likely to affect the oil and gas industry across the second half of 2011.

While the & lsquo;great crew change’ remains high on the agenda, the familiar focus on recruitment and retention will be joined by a third component, training. Emerging technologies and increasingly technical offshore and deepwater plays in relatively remote corners of the world will demand the very best of project teams and workforces. Companies are being encouraged to co-operate in the sharing of knowledge, resources and best practice as the industry enters a new era of energy production.

Hires across Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Australasia, Caspian, Europe and the Middle East are expected to increase with specific demand for LNG and engineering expertise most prevalent.

The energy industry has faced challenges this year, from mounting political tension in the Caspian and Middle East regions, a track record of poor infrastructure in Africa (despite the region’s tremendous potential scope for exploration and production) and natural disasters in South America and the Asia Pacific regions. However a more resilient economy and high global demand has seen a continued increase in momentum worldwide.

In the UK, there is uncertainty over the impact that changes in tax regulation will have on activity in the region, however the UK continental shelf remains competitive overall. As elsewhere, corporations are bracing themselves for potential rate increases with a particular focus on the shortage of qualified personnel in specific disciplines. The global oil and gas industry relies heavily on the United Kingdom for talent, specifically in the engineering sector, with talent being exported around the world. This places further demand on energy companies to attract new, young engineers into the region.

As a result of staffing shortages, demand for contractors is up and unlike the United States, EPC firms in the UK are choosing to keep permanent staff levels unchanged, supplementing them with contract positions where required.

Mark Guest, managing director of OilCareers.com, said: “Unequivocally, the major concern across the board is workforce, with rising activity creating demand for staff despite the challenges caused by political unrest, regulatory uncertainty and natural disasters across the first half of the year. What is clear from this report is that the oil and gas industry needs to focus now on the future challenges it faces to ensure it is best placed to take advantage of the opportunities available.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Air Energi once again on this second joint report for 2011, highlighting our shared interest in the continued confidence of the global energy sector.”

Ian Langley, group executive chairman of Air Energi, added: “The Air Energi-OilCareers.com survey provides an indication of the trends that the industry can expect to see across the remainder of the year, with the focus on ensuring that optimisation and quality of a worldwide workforce is maintained during a period of high turnover and stiff competition. 

“While we have observed several contingency plans being rolled out across some regions to ensure the requisite workforce is available, what is universal is that more needs to be done.”

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