Oil and Gas Recruiting to Rise in Coming Months

Oil and Gas Recruiting to Rise in Coming Months
Rigzone's recent survey finds that oil and gas recruiting is expected to increase in coming months, on the heels of a better market climate.

Oil and gas recruiters across the world are expecting to recruit more in coming months, according to a recent survey by Rigzone.

Rigzone’s global survey targeting oil and gas recruiters and hiring managers—administered Sept. 25 to Oct. 16—yielded 77 completed responses from those actively working as recruiters in the industry.

Of the respondents, 83 percent said they recruit for upstream; 49 percent recruit for midstream and 32 percent recruit for downstream.

Seventy percent of respondents indicated that they expected to recruit more in the next six months.

This comes after years of recruiting activity that was muted due to the industry’s downturn. During that time, companies were focused on staying afloat while slashing capital expenditures – which often included headcount.

Sixty-five percent of respondents said they recruited more in first half of 2018 than in second half of 2017. Another 21 percent said they recruited about the same in both halves.

Now Hiring: Engineers and Technicians

With recruiting on the rise, the next logical question is which positions are in highest demand.

Overall, respondents said they were seeing the most hiring demand for the following positions:

  • Safety Engineer (28.57%)
  • Procurement and Construction: Supply Chain (22.08%)
  • Electrical Technician (22.08%)
  • Mechanical Technician (20.78%)
  • Mechanical Engineer (19.48%)
  • Production Operator (19.48%)
  • Petroleum Engineer (18.18%)
  • Wellsite Supervisor (16.88%)
  • Electrical Engineer (16.88%)

However, most recruiters aren’t looking for entry-level workers. Nor are they looking to hire veteran workers.

According to our survey, 42 percent of respondents are hiring for workers with 5-10 years of experience. Twenty-nine percent are looking at candidates who have 10-20 years of experience.

Twenty-seven percent of recruiters are looking for entry-level candidates (0-5 years of experience) while just 3 percent are recruiting for candidates with more than 20 years of experience.

There is an exception to this among respondents from Africa, with 64 percent saying they’re looking for workers with 0-5 years of experience.  


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