The latest annual review for the UK’s oil and gas industry – the UK’s largest industrial sector – shows that 2014 will see a boom in job creation and wage rises as North Sea Oil continues to experience unprecedented growth.
The annual review from the Oilandgaspeople.com – the world’s leading oil and gas jobs board – is based on research with more than 10,000 North Sea workers.
The oil and gas survey follows hot on the heels of jobs boom forecast for Scotland’s renewables industry – where more than half (50%) of employers expect to increase recruitment this year – as reported earlier this week in the Scottish Energy News (See JOBS page at www.ScottishEnergyNews.com )
The oil and gas review reveals that 69% of workers have confidence in the future of the industry, with analysis from the annual review showing that demand for jobs in the industry is set to rise with 20,000 jobs being created throughout 2014.
The review also reveals that the majority of workers are confident that tax breaks will continue to boost investment in the industry. This comes on the back of EnQuest’s announcement that it would develop the Kraken heavy oil field thanks to a government tax break ensuring the company will pay no tax on revenues until 2018. Kraken is expected to produce as much as 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day when it comes on stream in 2016/2017.
The review also shows that 68% of oil and gas workers saw a rise in their salary during 2013.
The figures reveal that 29% of workers received a 5% pay rise, while 27% said they received a pay rise four times the rate of inflation, while 29% received a pay rise between 20% and 30%. These figures now confirm that the average wage for the industry has risen from £73,600 to £80,960 during the last 12 months.
The professions in the industry that saw the highest pay increases included drilling workers on offshore platforms, engineers and health and safety workers, the majority seeing pay increases between 6% – 10%.
The review found that most oil and workers believe wages will continue to increase throughout 2014 with 83% of respondents expecting another 5% to 10% rise this year in wages, up to four times the level of inflation.
Yet 61% of respondents believe that the skills shortage and wage increase is still being caused by competition overseas. The review found that most competition for workers is coming from the Middle East, plus newly emerging oil and gas fields in Africa.
Aberdeenshire man Kevin Forbes, a former North Sea contractor and now Chief Executive, Oil and Gas People.com, said: “Our annual review shows that demands for jobs and wages in the industry is up again. Increased investment in North Sea oil, combined with new technologies for recovering oil, means that oil fields have longer lives today.
“The competition from overseas is putting pressure on wages as demand is beginning to outstrip supply for qualified oil and gas workers.
“Many UK candidates are heading abroad to earn high wages with a huge demand for qualified expats globally. The only way the North Sea oil and gas industry can keep them in the UK is to raise wages even higher or invest more in creating a new generation of highly skilled oil and gas workers.”
He added: “For years agencies paid huge fees to other recruitments, to root out the ones that meet their requirements.
“It’s a lengthy process and one that relies on the right candidate coming across their job posting in the first place. Oilandgaspeople is essentially a dating service for candidates and recruiters.”