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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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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


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Oil & Gas sector knows of skill shortages

Oil & Gas sector knows of skill shortages – but what exactly to do about it?

The oil & gas sector needs no educating on the severe lack of skilled engineers coming into the industry, especially in a time of major international growth and development for E&P firms. And while many companies are now successfully hitting targets on graduate and trainee recruitment, the real problem facing the industry is the recruitment of those with five years or more relevant experience – personnel able to ‘hit the ground running’ and drive forward major projects quickly and competently.

OPITO, the UK oil & gas industry’s training body, recently reported that 44% of companies are expecting significant growth this year – so where will the staff come from to fill these gaps in engineering expertise and management of project development and delivery? Skills shortages were the biggest challenge to the sector’s growth, the report found, and with around 15,000 more jobs potentially being filled in the next five years, the demand for engineers with the necessary skillset was greater than ever. Without it, wage inflation could run out of control.

In another survey carried out by a team at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, 110 companies were asked about their growth prospects. Nine out of 10 anticipated a boost in their international activity, with 67% expecting significant growth as a result of decommissioning work from the North Sea, plus a further 63% expected growth due to renewable energy contracts. The managing director of OPITO, David Binne, remarked that; “…spend on existing projects will… potentially rise to £40 billion… targeted at around 33 new platforms, 12 major asset modifications and 40 subsea tie-backs. This is a startling set of opportunities and our estimates suggest that over 15,000 new posts will be required over the next five years to deliver these project plans.

“Meeting that challenge and increasing the supply pool of experienced talent is critical if we are to avoid inter-company competition, cost inflation and the delay or cancellation of projects.”

Many countries in emerging and developing regions are also seeking to attract talent with the skills to implement exploration, production and delivery of hydrocarbons projects. Additionally, an increase in the number of operators venturing into new frontiers in shale gas and deep water, matched with increasing demand for LNG and the huge potential reserves identified in the likes of Colombia, Angola and the Barents Sea, brings a need for people with specific experience, particularly in the fields of specialist engineering and in the subsea sector.

According to, one of the world’s largest oil and gas careers websites, demand for engineers in the energy sector peaked this year at an astonishing 89,688 open positions. At the start of this year experienced a record-breaking one million visits in a month, a first since its launch 10 years ago.

With such competition among employers for the talent out there, the suggestions are that more pressure will be placed on salaries as employees with relevant skills find themselves cherished and fought over by companies.

But, one interesting new initiative that has recently been launched to assist employers struggling to recruit talent might hold some answers.  A dedicated energy recruitment and workforce development show is to be co-located with the ‘Gastech’ international conference and exhibition this October in London, which will offer a unique opportunity to engineers wishing to learn about many global opportunities available, and of the employers out there who are hiring. More than just a recruitment fair, the ‘ignite!’ show is dedicated to helping employers from around the world source talent for specific projects, matching skillsets to specific regional projects being developed.

Taking place during the ‘Gastech’ international conference & exhibition on the 8th – 11th October, at the ExCel centre in London’s docklands, the ‘ignite!’ show has already proved a huge hit with employers and potential skilled candidates alike, with over 30 major global operators, producers and engineering contractors sharing employment opportunities in their key global projects, and around 3,000 interested candidates expected to visit the stands and training seminars on offer.

It is clear that as companies focus more urgently on their engineering recruitment, the competition for securing the best talent available has never been greater.

To learn more about the ‘ignite!’ show please visit the website:








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