Drilling down on what matters before you accept

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted17/Oct/2018
Author: Spencer Ogden


You’ve been offered a position to work with a drilling company and you’re now waiting to see the employment contract. But before you consider putting pen to paper it’s important to ask the questions that matter to you. 

If you are new to the drilling market, or a seasoned veteran, here are some questions you should be asking your new employer: 


You need a company that prioritises the safety of its employees. A company that is committed to safety and safe management processes will have good safety records. Make sure you ask if there have been any recent improvements to the company’s management systems, safety, and automated equipment. 


Day rate / salary 

The drilling industry is known for its highly lucrative salaries. Whilst seemingly obvious, it’s always best to research current market rates. The industry is no longer in a downtown and it’s safe to say that you’re now in a good position to negotiate a competitive rate. But remain realistic. 


Living Conditions 

As you may know, working long shifts on a rig is physically and mentally challenging, which is why you need an environment that will support your health and wellbeing. While most rigs will have comfortable living quarters that are often comparable to hotels, it is essential that you ask about the standard of on-site accommodation and onboard facilities.



Many companies offer competitive benefits, however, it’s always good to know whether your new employer covers tax and travel costs. Additionally, insurance coverage varies from company to company so it’s essential to know what you are entitled to. 

If you are confronted with a situation where some or most of these areas are not met, you may want to question whether the offered job is right for you. If you are currently searching for a new job or open to new opportunities across the drilling sector, we may have a role that is perfect for you. 


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