Workers Sense Skills Shortage in Industry
Oil and gas workers believe there is a skills shortage in the industry, according to a new report from Petroplan released Tuesday.
Twenty-two percent of respondents agreed that the industry was missing talent in the company’s Talent Insight Index 2017, which gathered information from over 2,000 people who work in the energy sector.
The emergence of digitization and Big Data has increased the need for IT skills, according to the report, with 34 percent of respondents citing that these are a growing requirement.
Some concern also remains about ageing oil and gas staff, with 2 percent of the workforce having retired last year and 28 percent being over 45. An even more concerning prospect, however, is that 31 percent of respondents claim that they are likely to leave the sector and seek employment elsewhere.
Popular destinations for oil and gas workers are the renewable sector (24 percent), construction (20 percent) and heavy industry (12 percent), according to the report.
“Our survey has shown that oil and gas industry professionals are ready to move jobs…so employers need to give them reasons to stay,” a Petroplan representative stated in the report.
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