Greater Engagement Needed to Keep Oil, Gas Staff

Greater Engagement Needed to Keep Oil, Gas Staff
More needs to be done by employers to ensure staff remain in the sector.

Greater engagement from oil and gas employers is needed in order to retain industry workers.

“It’s going to come about through sharing goals and vision,” Petroplan CEO Rory Ferguson told Rigzone.

The Petroplan CEO also highlighted traits that employees find important, as outlined in the company’s latest Talent Insight Index.

“It’s training, it’s investment in their future,” Ferguson stated.

A Petroplan representative shared Ferguson’s views on retaining oil and gas staff, telling Rigzone that more needed to be done by companies to appease employees.

“There needs to be dialogue going on between companies and their employees giving them that sense of community and a sense of security,” the spokesperson said.

The recently released Talent Insight Index revealed that over 75 percent of oil and gas industry professionals are ready to move jobs.

“Employers need to give them reasons to stay … The retention of good mid-career people in the sector is at threat,” the report claimed.

Looking to the future of the industry, Ferguson also outlined some concerns regarding the next generation of oil and gas professionals.

“It’s probably fair to say the appetite in some of the younger generation isn’t probably leaning towards oil and gas in the way that it might have a few years ago,” Ferguson said.

“I think there’s a really, really interesting pinch-point coming our way in terms of the availability of relevant talent in this sector,” he added.

In an effort to get millennials interested in the industry, Ferguson suggested a marketing change for oil and gas.

“It’s an easy villain in today’s world … I just don’t think we promote ourselves in this sector particularly well,” Ferguson said.

“What is the industry’s contribution to the world today? ... I bet there’s not many industries that probably spend more on conservation for example, than oil and gas, but do we talk about that? No, we don’t … there’s definitely work to be done,” he added.


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Ricardo Cruz | Aug. 31, 2017
Like other seasoned pros, I have passed by other crises, but this one is scary. Good people are leaving the industry for good - they can stand it no more. The mainstream of getting new hires with better qualifications (that they will hardly be able to apply in full for a long time) but no experience. The potential problem is this next generation will not hold until career quick advancement is possible or until times get better - they will simply leave to a new opportunity. To be noted a sizeable amount of offers forimmediately available positions. All companies will regret neglecting the scarce, little loyalty that is left in the industry.

Venkat | Aug. 26, 2017
I fully agree with this statement. Its very disappointing & painful that after serving 22+ years in this sector in various role and all its sudden one fine morning my previous employer terminated almost all middle management personnel with short notice due to no new projects are coming up and few ongoing big value projects on hold until further notice due to oil price crash down. In this situation getting an appropriate opening in other sectors also becomes very difficult and if lucky enough to get one and that is not at all justifying the level of experience & offered package is just in the range of 35% to 40% of last drawn salary. I was forced accept an offer after long waiting of complete 2 years (job less) to meet/full fill current financial day to day needs since no another option left out. I hope & pray this sector get backs on track enable person like me many gets back their track. Only time can give us the answer!!!

John Bjonnes | Aug. 25, 2017
A very good article. I agree that more needs to be done to retain experienced talent. I was made redundant after 26 years with an oil & gas related company and now I simply cannot get another job. Heart breaking to see the industry falling apart.


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