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Oil and gas recruiters weigh in

29 Oct 2015

Despite the thousands of layoffs that have hit the oil and gas sector this year, the industry is still very much in need of workers with specialty skills.

A recent survey of almost 300 employers and recruiters revealed that positions in engineering and science, management, support and inspection are growing in number.

According to BP’s Global Operations Recruitment Director Ann-Marie Robson, technicians currently represent 70 percent of overall hiring for the firm. Further, the construction sector of oil and gas is seeing a big drive for contract labour among engineering firms.

The companies are out in Houston, but the work itself is in places like Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. What the oil and gas industry needs now is workers with varied functional and geographic experience. Strong senior engineers, hydraulic technicians and diesel mechanics, people with expertise in harsh environments or subsea development, are in high demand.