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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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The Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference 2014 has now come to a close breaking record numbers.  The event brought together over 15,000 visitors and over 550 exhibitors from over 15 countries.   This year’s event has been the busiest and most successful for ever.  We were delighted to meet hundreds of new candidates as well as many others who have previously used


The booth featured an F1 Racing Simulator where attendees were encouraged to take part in the OilCareers competition to beat the fastest lap.  Participants had the chance to win a weekend trip for four including a driving experience and an iPad mini.  Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to find out if you were snapped!


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We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited booth #9 and to congratulate our competition winners; Michael Wilmot who won a weekend trip for him and three of his friends and Mujtaba Arif who won an iPad mini!


Best of luck on your job hunt.


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