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UK — Jobs in the UK oil and gas industry up by +25%

04 May 2010

According to international online job board OilCareers.com, jobs in the UK oil and gas industry have risen by almost +25% in the first quarter of this year.

The agency said in a statement "vacancies in the UK oil and gas sector rose from 1,893 to 2,335 between January and March this year."

The increase followed a steady decline in overall vacancies for the first eight months of 2009, added OilCareers.

The biggest growth has been in IT opportunities, where vacancies are up over 50%. Meanwhile, growth has also been strong in engineering, where opportunities have increased by +30% in the last three months.

Job openings in the geo-science sector were up by more than +45% in the same period, while the sales, marketing and human resources sector, the area worst hit during the downturn, saw a 25% recovery in available posts.

Globally, the industry has seen a +12% rise in vacancies in the first three months of this year, with engineering opportunities and geosciences up by about +25%, sales and marketing up +65% and IT posting the biggest surge of +70%.

Mark Guest, Managing Director of OilCareers, said "we saw signs of recovery from August last year as the commodity price began to stabilise, but things have really picked up industry-wide in the first quarter."

"It is true to say that we are not yet back to the critical skills shortage of 2008 but the industry is very definitely moving up a gear and in the right direction."



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