Metacor Expands Staff 40% to Meet Global Demand

Corrosion specialist Metacor is moving to new headquarters in Aberdeen's Dee Street in April, as it moves to increase its staff to more than 70 in response to ongoing growth in the global oil and gas industry.

Metacor will have expanded its staff roster to 70, from 50 at the turn of the year -- a 40% increase, when it moves to its new base later this month.

It has already won work with Centrica, CNR, ConocoPhillips and Fairfield in 2008, following a series of significant contract wins last year which led to the establishment of new offices in Trinidad and Qatar.

The firm is also taking part in Scottish Enterprise's Global Companies Development Programme, which backs organisations with a strong commitment to research and development and new technology, which are capable of rapid international growth.

Metacor managing director, Stuart Mortimer, highlighted the company's commitment to staff training and development which, alongside a pro-active approach to recruitment and retention, has ensured the correct skill sets are in place to deliver an industry-leading service to its clients.

Mr Mortimer said: "Our workload continues to increase rapidly and as a result of that we have quickly outgrown our existing office space, as we continue our policy of building our own workforce to meet demand.

"The global oil and gas industry is focussing more and more on the need to ensure the causes and effects of corrosion are monitored and managed -- and that has had a huge impact on the growth we are experiencing in all regions, leading to ongoing recruitment in all areas.

Metacor fully supports and encourages staff in achieving accreditation from NACE International, the global body leading corrosion engineering, and has the largest pool of inspectors certified by the organisation in Europe.

"By looking to other areas of the oil and gas industry for candidates, as well as completely unconnected sectors such as the armed forces, and ensuring they have the right training, we have helped to reduce the effects of the skills shortage by bringing new blood to the industry," added Mr Mortimer.