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Canadian oil and gas industry booming shows leading salary guide

17 May 2012

The Canadian oil and gas industry is booming according to the latest salary survey conducted by Oil and Gas Job Search and Hays Oil and Gas.

The guide was compiled from over 14,000 participants in 53 countries and provides data on average salaries, day rates and benefits for 20 specific industry disciplines.

The guide highlights that Canadian based oil and gas professionals are being paid some of the highest rates in the world with an average salary of CAN$130,120 per year; 63% greater than the worldwide average of CAN$81,345.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has forecast $20 billion investment for Oil Sands during 2012 with Western Canada investment at a record high of $33 billion.

Duncan Freer, Managing Director of Oil and Gas Job Search comments:”The skills shortage in Canada together with a high oil price and the significant levels of investment means that there has never been a better time to work in the oil and gas industry”

The guide also shows that employer’s confidence is increasing rapidly with 27% extremely positive about the current market compared with less than 10% in 2011.

Duncan Freer, Managing Director of Oil and Gas Job Search states: “We are experiencing a growing number of professionals using our services in Canada. This level of activity has lead to us enhancing our market presence. The first step in this process will be exhibiting Global Petroleum Show (GPS) in Calgary on the 12th - 14th June.”

A free copy of the salary guide can be downloaded at or a copy can be picked up at booth 4220 at the Global Petroleum Show