Aberdeen-based DOF Subsea UK plans to increase its workforce by nearly half as it aims for bigger projects in the coming years.
The specialist subsea service company wants to take on more than 50 employees for offshore remotely operated vehicle, survey and inspection work, and is looking to bring in six more people at its Aberdeen office.
It employs 117 people, including 53 in Aberdeen, in work in the North Sea, the Atlantic and the African coast.
The company has added three vessels to its fleet, bringing its total to five, and managing director Garry Millard said the firm needed the extra staff as it looked to move into the construction market and operate its own vessels instead of chartering them, adding: “We want to be able to crew them (the new ships) with more of our own people and less contractors.”
He said it was tremendous the firm was in a position to recruit, adding: “The whole market is looking good just now. If you look at the tendering activity going on for next year and even up to 2014 the market is growing enormously, and we need to be in a position to take on that kind of level of work.”
Last month, the firm said it had been awarded an £8million contract with Technip in the North Sea plus £2million of work with Saipem in Angola. Mr Millard said: “We are winning a lot of work at the moment, and our assets are allowing us to bid for bigger and better projects and grow the company.”