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UK – Hot jobs in the Oil & Gas industry

21 November 2013

The UK Oil & Gas Industry supports the employment of approximately 450,000 throughout the country, either directly or indirectly, according to government figures. And employment across the industry is expected to rise over the next 20 years as the North Sea oil industry is overhauled.

Positions expected to arise range from very high skilled, requiring university degrees, to support roles involving on the job training, both with wages that are ranked amongst the highest in the UK.

CareerBuilder.co.uk and Economic Modelling Specialists International (EMSI) have developed a list of Hot Jobs for Oil and Gas based on those occupations within 10 industries related to oil and gas, which showed the greatest increase between 2010 and 2013.

Tony Roy, President of CareerBuilder EMEA, said: “The oil and gas industry has continued to add jobs through multiple recessions, as other industries struggled to keep their businesses open and their staffs intact. The good news here is not only will the UK oil and gas industry be adding jobs for many years to come, but the positions can be filled by a wide variety of the workforce -- from the highly skilled to support.”

Duncan Freer, Managing Director for OilandGasJobSearch.com, a CareerBuilder Company, said: “Over the last year, we have seen a significant increase in traffic to our site, by those seeking opportunities in the oil and gas field, a trend that we expect to continue into 2014. UK job seekers are taking advantage of the many positive aspects of working in the oil and gas industry besides just high wages including flexible work hours, travel, and opportunities for career advancement.”

In contrast, the Hays Oil & Gas Global Job Index, released yesterday, reported that the oil and gas labour market in Europe has remained relatively flat, and even declined slightly in Q3 2013. It did, however, advise that in the UK, health and safety requirements along with specialist engineering skills and subsea experience continue to be areas with a significant shortage.   

The “hot jobs” for the UK oil and gas industry (including the increase in jobs within the sector between 2010 and 2013, and the median wages for this type of occupation) are:

  • Physicists, geologists and meteorologists
    • +25% increase
    • Median hourly earnings: £20.50
  • Financial managers and chartered secretaries
    • +17% increase
    • Median hourly earnings: £28.90
  • IT user support technicians
    • +17% increase
    • Median hourly earnings: £13.40
  • Managers in mining and energy
    • +16% increase
    • Median hourly earnings: £26.92
  • Purchasing Managers
    • +15% increase
    • Median hourly earnings: £22.71
  • Managers and proprietors in other services
    • +12% increase
    • Median hourly earnings: £15.88
  • Mechanical Engineers
    • +6% increase
    • Median hourly earnings: £20.65
  • Engineering technicians
    • +3% increase
    • Median hourly earnings: £15.64


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