UK O&G Workers Getting Younger

The number of workers younger than age 30 that are working in the offshore UK oil and gas industry has increased over the past five years, according to industry trade association Oil & Gas UK's 2011 Workforce Demographics Report.

The presence of younger workers is helping rejuvenate the offshore population, "which many still wrongly believe is aging," Oil & Gas UK reported earlier this month.

The average offshore worker's age is 41, which is normal for a workforce whose ages range from 20 to 60, and is consistent with Oil & Gas UK's findings in previous years.

The report noted a net loss of people within the 30-60 year age range. "Workers in this age range tend to relocate to other oil and gas regions around the world or return to onshore roles," Oil & Gas UK said.

"Their departure leaves vacancies which must be filled by suitably skilled and experienced candidates, with demand often outstripping supply and raising concerns about a possible future shortage of supervisors."

While Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Malcolm Webb was pleased to see more young people working offshore, the loss of experienced workers is a concern. Webb noted that "fast-track development programs are now in place to address ongoing skills shortages in certain occupations."


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