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Industry leaders endorse Gastech 2012 as global gas event arrives in London

The chief executive of BG Group, Sir Frank Chapman will be keynote speaker at Gastech, as part of a global and region-specific leadership panel discussion, encompassing the international gas community.

Taking place at the ExCel, London from 8-11 October, Gastech has also received the endorsement of industry super-majors, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and ConocoPhillips who will stamp their authority on this year’s event, underlining its importance in the worldwide energy calendar.

This year’s conference hosted by BG Group celebrates its 40th year and will open with an executive leadership debate themed, ‘Have we entered the golden age for gas?’


BG chief executive Sir Frank Chapman said: “We are delighted to be hosting the 26th edition of the Gastech conference and exhibition in London 2012.


“As one of the world’s most significant gas events, we look forward to welcoming all of the industry’s key players and decision-makers for a four-day event that promises to deliver significant business opportunities and networking at the highest level.”


Independent research* shows that delegates expect to spend around 20 percent of their annual budget at Gastech and a recent survey indicated that visitors to the conference and exhibition control in excess of £8 billion in spend on products and services.


The event has already received support from a host of engineering, procurement and construction companies including; Rasgas, Chiyoda, Technip, FMC Technologies, Bechtel, CB&I, Cheniere Energy Inc and Saipem, not to mention an expected 350 exhibitors 10,000 visitors to the international exhibition and 2,000 delegates from across the gas supply chain.


Look out for team on stand i98 in the Ignite hall.

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New US Radio Campaign! invest over £1m in a Global marketing strategy to insure we continually attract new Oil and Gas candidates and we are the “Giant in Oil & Gas Recruitment”


This week, we are launching a new radio advertising campaign which will air in Houston on KTRH – Click here to listen to our new US Radio Campaign! head of marketing, Karen Scott, said: “As the world’s most popular Oil & Gas recruitment site, we are dedicated to connecting the right people with the right jobs.  Radio is a fantastic medium for connecting with a wide audience.  The theme of our new campaign is “Supersize Your Career “which will capture listener’s attention while they are driving in the car or listening at home.”


Have you had a bad day in the office? Are you looking for a change? Would you like to earn more cash? With over 20,000 vacancies from the world’s largest Oil & Gas employers, and recruiters, there’s never been a better time to register your resume on and start searching for your next career move.  We have a diverse range of exciting opportunities including Drilling Engineers, Geoscientists, Mechinists, Analysts, Document Controllers, Administrators Assistants and much more.  For your chance to Win an iPad register now!

Click here to listen to our new US Radio Campaign!

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Scotland kicked off its World Cup 2014 bid this week with matches against Serbia and Macedonia. In front of a packed crowd at Hampden Park in Glasgow, and broadcast live around the world on Sky Sports, both matches featured an exciting new digital advertising campaign on giant pitch-side LED screens.


We are delighted to the associated with the SFA and support our national team. We wish the Scotland team lots of luck for the next round and the remainder of the World Cup qualification. Head of Marketing, Karen Scott, was delighted with the new campaign. She said: “As a business is proud to have been founded in Scotland and remains headquartered here. Football is the world’s favourite sport and we are delighted to be supporting Scotland in their early World Cup qualifiers. This is a fantastic opportunity for us engage with our audiences in a way we haven’t done before and further promote to a global audience – a giant brand like deserves a giant advertising campaign.”

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, the world’s largest online dedicated oil & gas job board, has been named ‘Best Job Board’ at the 2012 Global Recruiter Asia Pacific Recruitment Industry Awards.

The award was presented at a gala dinner at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore on September 6 2012. Managing Director, Mark Guest said he is delighted for the company to be recognised with this prestigious award.

“With one million registered job seekers, and more than 8 million page impressions on our site every month, has become the giant of online recruitment within the oil and gas industry, with more visitors, users, and CVs/resumes than any other specialist recruitment website,” he said. has been operating since 1999 and has steadily expanded it international presence. In early 2012 the company bolstered its footprint in the Asia Pacific region, with the opening of offices in Perth and Brisbane. has been working with both candidates and clients in Australia for many years from afar, and we are now committed to growing our business in this vitally important oil and gas economy.

“We are making a continuous and significant investment to bring new, high quality, specialist oil and gas candidates to from Australia and across the globe,” he said.

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World Heavy Oil Congress is delighted to be participating in the World Heavy Oil Congress (WHOC), which will take place from 10 – 13 September at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.

The theme of the Congress is Improving Sustainability through Innovation and Collaboration, and will feature over 140 speakers and authors from around the world on the topics of economics, environment, technology advancement, and more, with sustainability and improving responsible methods of developing heavy oil resources both offshore and onshore, key points of discussion.

The Congress consists of a Business Conference, Technical Conference, Exhibition and numerous networking events that will gather nearly 1,000 delegates, visitors and exhibitors from more than 30 countries, including Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Russia, UAE, UK , USA and more.

Experts from around the world will deliver presentations both from a business and technical perspective, including China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Government of Alberta, Canada; Government of Saskatchewan, Canada; Nautical Petroleum, Nynas, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Pemex (Mexico) and Statoil (Norway), among others.

Hosted by Aberdeen City Council, World Heavy Oil Congress has also attracted high-level local government ministers and visiting ministers from Canada, in addition to key personnel from national oil companies and independent oil companies from around the world.

“Aberdeen is looking forward to welcoming the World Heavy Oil Congress in September,” said Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam. “The city is a world leader in the energy market and has enjoyed a long relationship with countries around the globe across all sectors of the industry.”

Since its launch in 2006, the Congress has become one of the strongest platforms for international oil companies, national oil companies, governments, the service sector and academic experts to navigate the challenges and opportunities related to unlocking the potential of heavy oil around the globe. WHOC has been held in Beijing, China; Edmonton, Alberta; Margarita Island, Venezuela, and now Aberdeen, Scotland.

“As Aberdeen is the energy epicenter for the UK and Europe, it is extremely fitting that we bring together the world’s leading experts to discuss the challenges related to this important resource,” says Wes Scott, Executive Vice President, dmg events, organiser of the Congress. “The committees of the WHOC at this Preliminary Meeting have come to an understanding that improving operations through collaboration and technology will help define how heavy oil is extracted efficiently, cost-effectively, in a responsible manner, in order to improve operations for long-term sustainability.”

Highlights include:

  • Business      Conference with Keynote Speakers focusing on global industry trends and      challenges (11 & 12 September)
  • Technical      Conference consisting of over 140 presentations in 5 concurrent streams on      varying topics (12 & 13 September)
  • Networking      and social events daily (10 – 13 September)
  • Short      Courses and Technical Tours of local operating facilities, including      Schlumberger and Champion Technologies

For a full list of the Business Conference and Technical Conference programme, please visit Congress Delegate fees are £1,995.00 and include the Business and Technical Conferences, social events, technical tours and daily networking breaks and Keynote Luncheons.

World Heavy Oil Congress also showcases over 40 companies in the Exhibition, and professionals working in the energy industry are welcome to attend the Exhibition free of charge by registering online at

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Air Energi Global Workforce 2012

Latest and Air Energi Global Workforce Survey Results Announced


While the global oil and gas industry is experiencing a resurgence of activity, both employers and employees face a plethora of challenges, 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.


Focusing on employment and salary trends in the energy sector throughout 2012 the report, entitled ‘The Global Oil & Gas Workforce Survey: Expectations for hires and pay rates in the oil and gas industry H2 2012’, addresses the issues affecting the oil and gas industry and what they mean for the second half of 2012.


The survey, now one of the most eagerly anticipated temperature checks of global employers’ perceptions of the energy industry, found operators and contractors have a largely positive outlook about the numerous, major projects underway or planned worldwide. Yet the research highlighted much concern over access to those with the necessary skills, a shortage of specific disciplines and pressure caused by local content regulations.


More than 170,000 oil and gas professionals were invited to participate from over 50 countries within the seven major oil and gas producing regions.


Mark Guest, managing director of, said: “Despite significant economic challenges facing the global energy industry, 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.


“Local content regulations – where foreign operators are required to prove they have made every effort to recruit from local sources and to use indigenous business channels – are however proving particularly challenging in a number of regions including Africa, the Americas and parts of Australasia.


“Internationally, operators are embarking on a large number of major investments, benefitting greatly from technological advancements. Yet major challenges remain with access to skilled labour a pivotal concern, combined with a global shortage of those with the necessary experience to help companies fully realise the potential of these opportunities.”


Ian Langley, group executive chairman for Air Energi, said: “The global flow of labour is a highly complex equation that has historically been answered through just-in-time solutions, largely dictated by the price of oil. Operators are taking a global approach to hiring practices, while proactively recruiting or reassigning talent as it becomes available.


“Many have stated the importance of looking to the young stream of professionals entering the industry, and the need to provide young graduates with internships and other opportunities. Field experience and a succession of short-term global assignments have also been observed as successful methods. Fast-tracking may help, but there are no shortcuts to hands-on experience.”


Click here to download the full Global Workforce Survey


| More Shortlisted for the Asia Pacific Global Recruiter Awards

 Shortlisted for the Asia Pacific Global Recruiter Awards


We’re thrilled to announce that has reached the finals of The Global Recruiter Asia Pacific Recruitment Industry Awards for the Best Job Board category. The competition is fierce and this is great recognition of our team’s hard work and our on-going commitment to providing excellent customer service.


We look forward to the results being announced at the gala awards dinner on the 6th September in the incredible Marina Bay complex in Singapore. The event will bring together the recruitment industry in and around Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and other Asia Pacific jurisdictions.


Click here for further information or to book tickets.

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Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, revealed his oil and gas industry blueprint earlier this month, designed to ensure the country’s continued economic success. While welcomed industry-wide, it is ambitious and requires buy-in from across the sector in order to realise the goals set for 2020.


Young talent is integral to ensuring the energy sector’s future. There are real opportunities, both in Scotland, the UK, and globally. Oil and gas companies must do more to attract young people into the sector. Outside energy centres such as Aberdeen and the north east of England, school and university leavers are less aware of the opportunities within the oil and gas industry.


Although the focus is often on engineers, the industry provides a vast array of opportunities, from manual labour both offshore and onshore, to scientists working in labs and geoscientists modelling rock formations to locate the hydrocarbons. Thousands also work in clerical roles in accountancy, human resources, IT and other support functions.


The latest licensing round in the UK Continental Shelf brought the highest number of applications on record, which will hopefully see new fields brought online within the next few years or so. With production of those fields holding the potential to last for many years to come, there are excellent opportunities for school and university leavers starting to carve out a career in this vital industry.


The main problem is that the oil and gas industry is not always seen as attractive by the next generation, with a higher profile given to other energy sectors such as renewables and nuclear in the media. Many agree that enhancing the reputation of the industry is key to attracting new graduate recruits, along with those on professional programmes.


The mismatch between the skills required by the industry and the actual output from universities needs to be addressed urgently, with courses of greater relevance added to academic curriculums. If companies, schools and universities work together and invest more time raising awareness of the opportunities available, this will help to resolve future skills gaps.


With recognition at the highest level within government, and support from the likes of Scottish Enterprise, the challenge now is to maintain the 2012-2020 strategy, with a push to find the 12 to 20 somethings with the potential to come in and drive the industry forward.

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OilCareers Official Opening Launch



Sir Robert Smith Unveils New Global Head-Quarters

We were delighted to welcome Sir Robert Smith, Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, to officially open our state-of-the-art new head-quarters located in the centre of “Surf City” in Westhill. This exciting move represents a significant six figure investment for


Mark Guest, managing director of, said: “The energy industry remains an exciting, innovative and vibrant sector, offering unrivalled opportunities to a diverse range of jobseekers throughout the world. Our company has continued to grow and now has more than one million registered users, with in excess of 750,000 unique visitors every month. Our global reach means we are best-placed to match jobseekers with the right role.”


“In order to meet both the demands and the expectations of our clients and to accommodate our growing workforce, we took the decision to move to new offices, helping ensure we continue to be recognised as the market leader in online recruitment within the oil and gas industry.”


Since its launch in 1999, has rapidly grown to become the world’s largest online oil and gas recruitment service, providing jobseekers with an easy and effective way of searching for a new job or career across all specialisms within the international energy industry. Each year, we invest more than £1m in marketing to help our customers attract the widest possible talent pool of oil and gas candidates globally.

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The past three years have been something of a rollercoaster for the energy sector – not just in terms of fluctuating oil and gas prices, but also with regard to hiring trends.

Improvements are however being seen across the industry. At the start of the year, – a clear barometer of industry hiring trends – experienced a record breaking one million visits in a month, a first since its launch 10 years ago. New figures show that vacancies posted in the first six months of 2011 were 50 per cent higher than for the same period in 2010, while the number of applications made in June 2011 was 60 per cent higher than in June 2010.

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