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Oil & Gas talent could fill HS2 rail skills gap

30 Nov 2015

While the UK currently lacks the necessary talent to deliver high speed rail network HS2, engineers leaving the oil and gas sector could meet the talent shortfall, engineering recruiter say.

This morning Chancellor George Osborne announced the high-speed rail link connecting Crewe to Birmingham will open six years ahead of schedule in 2027.

But recruiters operating in the sector say government faces a challenge to ensure the right talent is in place to deliver the project on time.

David Leyshon, chairman at technical recruiter CBSbutler, agreed the government faces a recruitment challenge with regards to HS2 but maintains the project is “do-able”. 

“Within the oil and gas sector, where historically there has been a lot of transfer between rail and oil and gas and vice versa, it looks as if oil and gas is going to have a long term downside. Therefore it’s likely we’ll see a fair amount of skills being released from the oil and gas contracting sector and making its way into the rail again.”