Opinion

Opinion

Oil firms must protect themselves for move into emerging markets

As companies involved in oil exploration, renewables, manufacturing and other industries expand their horizons internationally into countries with rapidly-expanding economies, it is more important than ever to ensure that valuable intellectual property is not put at risk.

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More must be done to address renewables skills gap

The energy sector is facing a possible skills crisis in the next decade due to the prospect of losing up to 80% of its workforce, mainly due to retirement. writes Sarah Johnson. Companies have to become aware of this fact and start acting now to ensure, that in ten years’ time, there are adequately-skilled people to step in.

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Are immigration changes the solution to energy sector’s skills shortage?

It’s no secret that the oil and gas sector has a shortage of engineering professionals and graduates in the UK. Contributing to this problem is the fact that many school children post the age of 16 do not chose to study the maths and sciences which are required in order to progress into an engineering career.

Opinion

Don’t squander the gains

Unite's giant inflatable rat mascot didn’t show at the heliports, but the ill-informed leaflets they were obliged to hand out to offshore workers boarding helicopters smelled unmistakably of the real thing: a cack-handed recruitment stunt intended to piggy-back genuinely held anxieties, writes Ronnie McDonald

Opinion

2014 – just another year?

Like most people I try hard to be optimistic at the start of a new year, writes Dick Winchester. Invariably though, my optimism lasts about a week, sometimes two weeks but rarely survives beyond the end of January.

Opinion

Energy Prices: Consumers should consider a switch

With winter price rises, followed by the UK Government reducing some of the levies on household energy bills, many consumers will be feeling confused about what all this means, and more importantly how it will affect what they are paying.