Petroplan: Oil, Gas Recruitment Looks Set to Pick Up

Petroplan: Oil, Gas Recruitment Looks Set to Pick Up
Global oil prices are now around the level where demand for talent looks set to pick up again, according to a new report from Petroplan.

Global oil prices are now around the level where demand for talent looks set to pick up again, according to a new report from Petroplan.

Respondents from thirty-five organizations from across the major global oil and gas hubs participated in the survey, the aim of which was to gain insight from the industry’s employers on the prospects for recovery, and how this would impact on hiring in the near future, Petroplan said.

Activity is expected to pick up on onshore rigs first - in the US, then Middle East, Asia and Africa - followed by shallow water projects. Experienced technical talent, as well as those with a combination of technical and financial skills, look set to be most in demand in any recovery, according to the report. 

Mechanical and chemical engineers, project managers and IT experts were among the shortage roles cited in the survey.

As sourcing staff has become less of an issue since the downturn, few companies are focusing on their future attraction strategy, the report said.

“When needed, internal searching across their own organization is often the first port of call, followed by tapping into their extended network before then engaging a recruitment company,” the report stated.

“Following cutbacks to reduce fixed cost overheads, mainly just the large companies still retain significant in-house recruitment teams with outsourcing to Interim teams now favoured by some organizations,” the report added.

Petroplan’s CEO Rory Ferguson hailed the review as cautiously optimistic.

After a very challenging couple of years, our review reflects a cautious optimism for the future among energy employers. This is feeding through into hiring strategies that are focussed to a greater degree on cost efficiency and flexibility – but not at the expense of quality,” Ferguson said in a comment sent to Rigzone.

“Something that came across very strongly from the review is that, whilst employers want to fill roles quickly, they also want to find the right candidate in terms of technical and business culture fit,” he added.

A graduate in journalism from Cardiff University, Andreas has eight years of experience as a business journalist. Email Andreas at andreas.exarheas@rigzone.com

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