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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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Global Energy Career Expo, London

Following the successful conference & exhibition last year, OilCareers are pleased to be partnering with Global Energy Career Expo which takes place this month.   The event is organised by dmg::events and is an excellent opportunity for skilled candidates to meet with potential employers.

It is apparent that the Oil and Gas industry is facing a critical skills shortage and in the next few years a number of the industry will be retiring and taking with them their expertise, knowledge and skills.  As the Oil and Gas industry continues to develop at a rapid pace and new projects are revealed, in order to secure the industry’s future, significant numbers will need to be added.

The Global Energy Career Expo is seen as the leading recruitment platform, giving jobseekers and recruiting companies the chance to meet face-to-face and discuss the latest offshore and onshore employment opportunities. will be exhibiting at the Global Energy Career Expo (GECE) exhibition and conference which takes place in London on the 27 & 28 February 2014 at the Business Design Centre.

Get ahead of the game, register and upload your CV on and instantly connect with hundreds of recruiters worldwide.  When you apply for a job on OilCareers your CV will be sent directly to the recruiter, having an online profile also allows recruiters to contact you for suitable positions.  Find your dream job and search over the 18,000 live vacancies which are posted every month on

Don’t forget to visit at booth #22 we look forward to meeting you.

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