UK Government Reacts to Oil, Gas Worker Discrimination Claims
Businesses should be in no doubt that the oil and gas industry in Scotland has one of the most highly skilled workforces in the world, the UK Government told Rigzone in response to claims that former oil and gas workers were being discriminated against when trying to find work in other sectors.
Aberdeenshire East Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) Gillian Martin wrote to UK Employment Minister Damian Hinds asking for an examination into how widespread this trend has become, after stating that she has seen documentary evidence of some level of discrimination, the BBC reported Monday.
A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) confirmed receipt of the letter and said that it would formally respond in due course.
“The UK government is rightly proud of the oil and gas workers who have been on the frontline of an industry facing unprecedented challenges. Where jobs have been lost in the sector, we’re determined to hold on to that talent,” the BEIS spokesperson said.
“That’s why we published the oil and gas workforce plan and expanded the Talent Retention website to give workers greater access to new opportunities in more than 1,000 engineering and manufacturing companies,” the spokesperson added.
In July 2016 the oil and gas workforce plan was published to help skilled workers in the oil and gas sector find work in the wider engineering industry. BEIS told Rigzone that a wide range of companies with vacancies are currently looking for the skill set that oil and gas workers have.
Over the past two years the UK Government has delivered a package of measures worth $2.8 billion (GBP 2.3 billion) to encourage investment in the sector and support jobs, BEIS said.
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