Total employment supported by the UK offshore oil and gas sector is now back in line with industry’s long-term trend, according to new research published today by the leading representative body for the industry.
OGUK’s 2019 Workforce Report, which provides insight into the employment landscape across the UK oil and gas sector, anticipates that the sector will support around 269,000 jobs in the UK this year, a rise of 10,000 from 2018.
Among the insights, the report notes that due to increased production in the basin coupled with more agile and efficient working practices, the overall figure of barrels-per-worker has risen by five percent since last year and is now 57 percent higher than in 2014.
The research highlights the industry’s rapidly changing skills requirements. Digitalisation, internationalisation and the transition to a net-zero emissions future will require significant re-skilling for existing workers and the recruitment of up to 10,000 new roles in these areas, some of which don’t exist yet. The report notes that these new roles could be a positive influence on gender balance in the industry as these are relatively new disciplines with a higher proportion of women than is found in traditional STEM areas.
Commenting, Dr Alix Thom, Workforce Engagement and Skills Manager OGUK said:
“These employment figures indicate a welcome stabilisation of workforce numbers and is positive news for an industry which has a relentless focus on improving the sustainability and safety of the basin. While parts of the supply chain continue to be under real pressure with tight margins, overall our report findings indicate that the health of our industry continues to improve.
“Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce will be critical to ensuring we are fit to meet the challenges of the future and to realise the opportunities that will come with new technology and innovation.”
The report shows:
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