Engineering and energy industry supply-chain firms throughout the north are being urged by trade body Energy North to complete its latest skills survey.
The University of the Highlands and Islands was commissioned to lead the study, which has a deadline of next Thursday for firms to respond.
A similar exercise last year revealed that, despite the huge importance of the energy industry to the region, many companies were concerned about a lack of skilled staff.
Energy North chief executive Ian Couper said: “With skills being such a core issue it is vital that a temperature check is taken annually.
“We need to know precisely what businesses are experiencing, so that action can be taken to support skills, development and ultimately growth.”
As a result of previous survey findings, 13 organisations from the public and private sectors joined forces to form the Energy and Engineering Skills Forum to develop a strategy for attracting and retaining skills in the region.
Mr Couper said the recently launched Nigg Skills Academy was another example of concerns being addressed.
He added: “In the past 12 months, the industry has had some encouraging news relating to training opportunities.
“This is because businesses in the sector have shared their concerns in the hope that solutions can be found. The Energy North skills survey is an important platform for communicating skills, training and employment issues.”