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
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.