Latest statistics from oil and gas jobs board OilCareers.com have shown a significant increase in the number of QHSE applications in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) with the number up nearly 30 percent on 2012.
The figures, compiled by the company’s business insights team, indicate that competition for positions related to QHSE is increasing in the region, with subsea inspection accounting for nearly half of all related applications through the site.
OilCareers.com Managing Director Mark Guest said: “This data is significant for the industry in the Gulf of Mexico. We have seen, over the past 12-18 months a real recovery in the region in terms of production and these figures suggest that the safety initiatives and promises made in the aftermath of the Macondo incident are starting to take effect.”
“Looking at the figures more closely, it is no real surprise to see the number of applications for subsea inspection professionals increasing given the unique geography and the extreme depths companies must operate at in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Engineering disciplines still account for 37 percent of all GOM applications made through the job board, with data showing an increase in the requirement for mechanical expertise in particular.
Guest added: “The recovery of the industry in the Gulf of Mexico is encouraging with many operators and service companies deciding to increase their investment levels in the area once again. Indeed since the incident we have seen the number of rigs increase steadily, with the total now sitting at just below 80.”
Previous research commissioned by OilCareers.com, from Douglas-Westwood, indicated that the US oil and gas deep-water industry can expect to see strong job growth over the next five years as the area continues to recover.
The research points to an increase in deep-water exploration budgets, which indicates that there may be a significant increase in demand for skilled workers.
Guest added: “Confidence is returning to the industry and as a consequence we are seeing very high levels of production activity in the US, this translates into in these strong figures regarding the direction of the job market.”
This global outlook was recently examined by OilCareers.com with the launch of its Global Workforce Survey in conjunction with Air Energi, which looks at the current trends within the oil and gas industry job market.
Among its main findings was the assertion that companies must begin to collaborate in order to solve the current skills shortage and avoid the risk of losing a generation of talent.
OilCareers.com is exhibiting at OTC 2014 at booth 2341.
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