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H1 2014 Global Oil and Gas Workforce Survey launched and Air Energi are calling for the oil and gas industry to collaborate more if it is to successfully tackle the skills shortage. This follows the publication of The Global Oil & Gas Workforce Survey 2014, a joint report on the people focussed issues facing the oil and gas industry.


According to the survey, which raises awareness of the people related risk in the industry and its impact on projects, engineers are the scarcest commodity with more than half of participants identifying it as the most in-demand role followed by project manager, drilling, contract administrator and geologist.


Air Energi CEO, Duncan Gregson, said: “The oil and gas industry is powered by a highly mobile and skilled workforce. Experienced professionals are extremely sought after, highly remunerated and are offered excellent benefits. The critical issue for the industry in 2014 will be retaining staff, which is one of the key drivers in budget-overspend and schedule delays. We must, as an industry, look to collaboration as a solution if we are to solve our on-going problems.”


Other key findings in the survey include 58% of respondents confirming they expect salaries to rise in 2014 and 50% predicting that hiring rates for both permanent and contract positions will also increase. 69% of those questioned believe that more must be done to promote the opportunities within the industry to younger generations. managing director, Mark Guest said: “Furthermore, 2014 must be the year where the industry seriously looks at the investment it is making in securing the future workers for the industry. The millennial generation holds the key to the future success of the oil and gas industry – attracting and retaining them is essential.”


Three-quarters of Global Workforce Survey respondents confirmed that their organisation offered internal training, although 29% of these admitted that there was not a full selection of training available.


Mr Guest added: “Companies don’t have a good track record of collaborating with each other when it comes to addressing the root cause of the skills shortage. If we are going to see a real and positive change in the skills gap the industry as a whole must work together on the development of education, training and local content initiatives.”


Also highlighted in the findings is the on-going challenge surrounding staff retention as an anticipated increase in project activity in the Middle East, North America, East Africa and Australia begins to filter through.


Both and Air Energi are active participants within the oil and gas community and have strong links with operators and service companies.


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Attracting and retaining women in oil and gas engineering | survey from NES


Guest blog by Neil Tregarthen, CEO at NES Global Talent

The global focus on attracting more women into the oil and gas industry is not just about creating a more diverse workforce, it is of vital importance if we are to continue to serve the world’s growing energy needs. With demand for engineering expertise far outstripping supply and half the experienced engineering workforce set to retire in the next decade, the sector is facing a crippling skills shortage. In order to power future energy projects, the oil and gas industry must act now to fully tap into this enormous potential talent pool.


Our new report ‘Attracting and retaining women in oil and gas engineering – a survey examining the gender talent gap’ highlights some of the key issues and challenges women face in the global oil and gas industry and flags possible solutions to tackle this gender gap.


The survey findings reveal that women are taking a myriad of pathways to find careers in oil and gas, underscoring the opportunities the sector has to cross-train from ancillary industries as well as non-traditional disciplines. It also shows that in order to attract and retain female workers, the industry needs to improve its ability to provide mentorship, recognise workers equally and highlight the benefits of studying STEM subjects in schools and universities.


The encouraging news is that the vast majority of female employees feel welcome in the sector and say they would recommend a career in oil and gas engineering to others. However, 45% say they do not get the same recognition as men. There may be issues of perception and reality here, but undoubtedly the topic needs to be better managed, if the sector is to become more attractive to women.


Many respondents said they are paid less, have fewer opportunities than their male counterparts and have to work harder than men to prove themselves and again there are clear improvements to be made, if the oil and gas sector is to attract larger numbers of female engineers in the future.
Some 95% of respondents to the survey see mentors as important for career advancement, but 42% are not involved in any form of mentoring. In line with many other sectors and roles, the implementation of formal mentoring programmes would be an important step in supporting the most talented women engineers to progress to senior positions in the oil and gas industry and in doing so, become the role models of tomorrow.


The survey also found that 39% of respondents would consider taking less money in return for more work flexibility, with many citing a better work life balance and spending more time with the family as the main reasons.

Download the survey.

NES Global Talent is committed to supporting women in the oil and gas engineering sector and working with its clients to help drive up the numbers of women working in the industry.

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OilCareers Supports Local Sport Talent










International jobs board shows its support of local sporting talent

October 2013:, the leading international oil and gas jobs board, has presented four local sports teams with new strips underlining its commitment to the development of young people in the north east.

The company has invested almost £3,500 in total for the strips and kits of players at Newmachar, Westdyke and Stonehaven football clubs and Arduthie badminton club. managing director Mark Guest said: “Supporting the developing skills of young people of all ages across the communities of Aberdeen city and shire as they look towards potential careers is important to” will deliver a total of 80 full strips, the kits will be supplied to the Newmachar under 15’s football team, the under 14’s Westdyke Community Club, a squad that will be playing in the A league of the juvenile football leagues, the 2004s of Stonehaven Youth Football Club and the Arduthie Badminton Club for two seasons.

Marc Andrew, Manager/Coach Stonehaven Youth FC 2004s said: “Our sponsorship deal with is hugely appreciated by everyone at Stonehaven Youth Football Club.

“’s invaluable financial support has helped us gain SFA quality mark accreditation and ensured that our young players have access to quality training facilities and nationally trained coaches.  We very much hope that’s generous investment will help us continue to develop the region’s footballing talent.”

Mr Guest continues: “It is with great satisfaction that we can help support regular sporting activity in the north east.

“Each of the football leagues and the badminton club carry a lot of talent and our investment will go some way towards helping individuals flourish.

“Training and development is paramount to our business and so we are advocates of team sports that encourage children to learn and work together to achieve their potential.”

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OilCareers crowned the Best Job Board, the world’s largest online dedicated oil & gas job board, has been named ‘Best Job Board’ for a second successive year at the Global Recruiter Asia Pacific Recruitment Industry Awards.


The 2013 award was presented at a gala dinner at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore on Thursday October 3.


Managing Director, Mark Guest said the repeated success reinforced OilCareers’ status as the leader amongst specialist online job boards.


“ is the undisputed giant of online recruitment within the oil and gas industry,” he said. “We have an array of features that set us apart from our competitors and provide recruiters with access to the largest global oil & gas recruitment community.


“OilCareers has more than 1.4 million registered job seekers and receives more than 8 million page impressions each month. We provide candidates with an easy and effective way of searching for a new job or career across all specialisms within the oil and gas industry, as well as areas of alternative energy.


“Our heritage, size and global reach mean we are best placed to match job seekers to the right job, and provide recruiters with the best value and range of advertising opportunities,” Mr Guest said.


Since its formation in 1999, has steadily expanded its international presence. It bolstered its footprint in the Asia Pacific region in 2012 with the opening of offices in Perth and Brisbane.


“Our decision to expand into Australia was driven by a booming local industry and the opportunity to support Australian businesses looking to resource a significant pipeline of oil & gas projects,” said Mr Guest.


“The decision to invest has been well-founded as there remains a significant demand for labour in the oil & gas industry in Australia,” he said.

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Aim a little higher

 is proud to announce our new advertising campaign for Queensland, Australia.


This fun and creative campaign is designer to raise awareness and encourage candidates with Oil and Gas skills and experience to register and upload their CV to


This campaign is targeted with media purchased in key FIFO locations across Australia starting in Brisbane Domestic Airport this month and continuing in other key locations over the next 6 months.


To find out more about how can help support your business and hear about our introductory offers on products, please contact our Brisbane office on +61 07 3872 6000 or our Perth office on +61 08 9489 5400 or email quoting code ‘FIFO’ today.


We look forward to hearing from you.


Kind regards,


Jackie Kirk

Country Manager


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Warnings that oil industry safety standards are being jeopardised by a shortage of experienced staff are supported by a report published on, Monday 11 March 2013.  32% of respondents to the latest joint report from, the international jobs board for the oil and gas industry, and partner Air Energi, a global provider of manpower solutions to the energy sector, highlighted the on-going skills shortage as the biggest threat to the sector.  The lack of skilled trainers was identified as a major training issue by over 20%.  The report confirms that heightened safety concerns due to economic instability combined with a continuing strong oil price and the on-going skills shortage, particularly in the LNG and subsea sectors, will continue to push oil related salaries upwards.


The Global Oil & Gas Workforce Survey: Expectations for hires and pay rates in the oil and gas industry (H1) 2013 highlights that ensuring the right personnel are on the ground in the right place will present a continuing challenge for the worldwide oil and gas industry.  The survey requested information and opinions from more than 170,000 oil and gas professionals worldwide.  The seven major oil and gas producing regions are represented in the survey with respondents being drawn from over 50 countries. More than 15,500 were either direct recruiters or senior decision makers.


Employee packages are seeing a general upward trend with specific emphasis being seen in areas that are considered to be high risk.  Mark Guest, managing director of, said: “The recent tragic events in Algeria have served to further underline existing safety concerns throughout the oil and gas industry.  It has long been the case that positions in certain geographic areas attract a higher level of remuneration to reflect the safety issues associated with the work location.  Companies working in these locations take the security of their personnel very seriously and work to protect them and ensure their working environment is as safe as possible.”


Mark continued, “The 2013 H1 survey and predictions for H2 confirm these safety inflation pressures are being reflected throughout the industry.  In addition it should be noted that without the right personnel in place to train the next generation the skills shortage is likely to continue and to become a bigger problem.”


Ian Langley, group executive chairman of Air Energi, added: “Just over 34% of those responding to the survey perceived economic instability as being the biggest threat to today’s oil and gas industry. The skills shortage was a very close second; 32% view this as being a major challenge to overcome.  In particular the shortage of subsea and LNG personnel is being felt throughout the industry and has a knock on effect in terms of project costs and delays.”


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Looking for the best jobs in the oil and gas industry is a far simpler process today (thanks in no small part to, of course!) but increasingly recruiters are turning the process on its head.


Energy sector companies have rightly bemoaned the lack of skilled employees the world over, insisting the best candidates are tough to track down.


While many companies are now successfully hitting targets on graduate and trainee recruitment, a major challenge facing the industry is the recruitment of those with five or more years of relevant experience – people able to ‘hit the ground running’ and drive major projects forward quickly and competently.


Now some of the largest organisations are making even more of an effort to put themselves in front of the right audience, rather than just waiting for the proverbial knock on the door.


A perfect example of this approach was the ignite! Energy Recruitment Show at the Gastech Conference & Exhibition in London last month, which offered a unique opportunity to engineers wishing to learn about many global opportunities available, and to the employers out there who are hiring. Much more than a ‘jobs fair’, ignite! was dedicated to helping global employers source talent for specific projects, matching skillsets to regional projects which are under development.


As you would expect, we were there to help “marry up” candidates with employers, and lend our own expertise on how best the industry can address the dearth of personnel.


The event was held from 8-11 October, at the ExCeL, and proved a huge hit with employers and job hunters alike, with more than 30 major global operators, producers and engineering contractors sharing employment opportunities and around 3,000 interested candidates visiting the stands and training seminars that were on offer.


One of the most popular sessions was the Development of Human Capital panel, which focussed on training. Sarah Beacock, professional affairs director at the Energy Institute, told the audience that training was vital in the workplace but also important for those focusing on professional development ­so the skills they learn with their current employer can help throughout the rest of their careers. Her advice to young people was “volunteer for everything”, explaining that employers will always appreciate this approach.


The session, which also discussed how young people find it increasingly challenging to get into the oil and gas industry, heard from Ieda Gomes, managing director at Energix Strategy Ltd. She explained that western companies tend to have more ageing workforces, whereas Latin American and Middle East organisations have a younger technical staff base. She went on to say that the energy industry needed to paint a different picture to the young people of today, to show them that many opportunities – besides engineering jobs – are on offer.


The ignite! event was a great example of the innovative approaches being taken by employers, as they hunt for those hunting for the best jobs on offer. Our own research shows that demand for engineers in the energy sector peaked this year at an astonishing 89,688 open positions – with such competition among employers for the talent out there, it seems likely that more and more companies will be willing to think outside the box when it comes to landing the top talent.

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A major Oil & Gas Careers Fair to assist people leaving the UK Armed Forces to find new jobs will be taking place tomorrow at the AECC in Aberdeen [30 October].

In excess of 1,000 people who are scheduled to leave the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in the near future had the opportunity to speak directly to representatives from circa 50 companies representing industry sectors such as energy and oil & gas. Many attendees have recently completed tours in Afghanistan and a large number travelled from various military locations to be at the fair at AECC and get more information on the job opportunities available in the offshore sector.

The event was organised by the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), which is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management. The CTP organisation provides resettlement services including career advice and guidance, training and links to employment for Armed Forces personnel about to leave the Services. They also offer a no cost recruitment solution to organisations seeking to employ leavers of the Armed Forces.

Some of the companies who exhibited at the Aberdeen event were Aker Advantage Ltd, Shell UK, Oceanrig, Petrofac, Maersk and SSE, plus many more. Vacancies on offer on the day included opportunities for; Engineers – covering a broad range of disciplines, Mechanics, Technicians, Logistics Specialists and Project Management amongst many others.

Romana Grant, Regional Employment & Training Manager for the CTP in Scotland said “The oil and gas industry is growing again in the range of opportunities offered and needs the right people with the right skills to make sure that it can continue to meet the demand for technical skills in the future. Military Service leavers can offer a wide range of these necessary skills to employers”.

She advised that the CTP regularly host a number of employment fairs and company presentation events throughout the UK and in Germany, in order to allow Service leavers to find out about job opportunities in particular geographic areas or specific industry sectors.

The event was delivered in partnership with who commented “It is well documented that the oil and gas sector faces immense skills shortages and we’re delighted to be supporting Career Transition Partnership. This event provides an invaluable opportunity to talk to ex-armed forces personnel about the range of opportunities to transfer their skills, and carve out a rewarding career in this vital industry. With up to 20,000 vacancies globally, is the world’s most popular oil and gas recruitment site.”

The event was also supported by a number of Veteran charities such as Poppy Scotland SPVA and The Royal British Legion.

Military Service leavers offer a wide range of transferable skills and relevant experiences to prospective employers. Companies seeking to recruit from this skilled group of individuals can do so by registering and advertising their job vacancies free of charge on the CTP’s job finding website RightJob. This is accessed by a highly skilled and experienced talent pool of Service leavers. RightJob can be accessed by following the link on the CTP website at

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The global oil and gas industry is experiencing a resurgence of activity, due in part to the resumption of activity in the Gulf of Mexico and the discovery of new shale oil plays, according to a joint report from, the international job board for the oil and gas industry, in association with partner Air Energi, a global provider of manpower solutions to the energy sector.


Following the launch of its Global Workforce Survey, managing director, Mark Guest, was interviewed on yesterday’s Platts Energy Week show, which airs live in Houston, Washington and other stations across the US.


“The development of current and new shale gas plays is a big step for the United States, and the survey signals a positive outlook for the sector with both mature and developing producing regions providing good reasons for continuing confidence and future optimism,” said Mark Guest.


Click here to view Mark Guest’s interview on Platt’s Energy Week show, which aired on September 30th 2012.


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