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A slightly stronger oil and gas labour market has been reported for the second quarter of 2013 compared to the first, according to the Hays Oil & Gas Global Job Index. In Australasia the Index stood at 1.42 at the end of June, up from 1.29 three months prior, meaning more oil and gas jobs are now available.
The Index charts the number of jobs posted on nine oil and gas portals across the world. Globally it was at 1.69 in June, which was consistent with where it stood at the end of the first quarter (March) at 1.68.
John Faraguna, global managing director of Hays Oil & Gas, commented: “Globally the general sentiment in the industry is neutral. The global economy remains in recovery mode, but we do see good signs of improvement in many regions around the world which should bode well for energy demand in the next few years.”
One of these regions is Australasia, where the slight upturn in the Index was due to the production readiness of some of the major gas projects in both Queensland and Western Australia. Outside of this, pipeline construction stood out as another area of job generation. The design-sector remained somewhat stagnant.
Simon Winfield, Senior Regional Director of Hays Oil & Gas in Australia, said: “As go-live dates creep ever closer for a number of large Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects, candidates with proven LNG production and operations experience are becoming increasingly sought after. As we move into 2014, this demand will shift towards maintenance and reliability to ensure that production levels are met and maintained. Similarly, contracts specialists and QA/QC individuals are currently in demand as projects near completion and potential cost overruns are monitored closely.”
“The requirement for experienced unconventional Drilling Engineers and Supervisors continues with a strong focus on CSG in Queensland and shale gas in the Northern Territory. Geoscience professionals, in particular geophysicists, prove particular difficult to identify. Lastly, experienced pipeline construction and pipeline testing engineers are in demand as commissioning dates for large LNG plants draw closer,” Mr Winfield added.