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More skilled workers needed in North Sea Oil and Gas firms

More skilled workers needed in North Sea Oil and Gas firms

The oil and gas sector is set to see a large number of jobs coming up in the future, however it will need people with more expertise.

According to a survey from Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by the law firm Bond Dickinson, revealed that a total of 98 per cent of oil and gas services firms in Scotland are planning to hire in the next year. Additionally, four out of five that provide services such as rig management for oil and gas said they intend to hire more staff next year after they replace those that leave.

However, 75 per cent of oil and gas operators said that they are having difficulty in hiring new staff while 68 per cent of contractors said the same. Many face issues in recruiting managerial staff and professionals as well as people to work technical or skilled roles.

Additionally, half of operators say that they have key members of staff this year due to many relocating to other oil-producing regions around the world. Over the next three years, 81 per cent say they are hoping to increase their core members.

Conditions are improving for oil and gas workers, the report explained, with the average salary of those working in the field increasing by 6.5 per cent while service workers saw theirs rise by 4.8 per cent.

Recently, investment in the sector has been on the rise, reaching a record high of £13.5 billion and helping oil and gas firms to fund recruitment.

However, one of the problems that is holding back the sector, according to the survey, is uncertainty over the upcoming Scottish referendum.

Oil and gas partner at Bond Dickinson Kenny Panton said: “More and more of our clients in oil and gas and other sectors are raising questions about the implications of the result of the referendum, and this report provides more evidence that oil and gas businesses are concerned about the lack of information."

He explained that the main questions that people are asking concern corporate tax, personal tax and fiscal policies.

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