Industry body OGUK will conduct one of the sector’s biggest workforce engagement campaigns as part of a wider effort to deliver a fair energy transition.
OGUK will run a programme of initiatives to hear directly from the tens of thousands of people employed by the industry.
The organisation said the impact of the pandemic and recent downcycle reinforced the need to keep listening to issues facing people and discussing opportunities.
Initiatives include a survey of HR managers, focus groups of employees in various roles, digital roadshows explaining and updating employees on the North Sea Transition Deal, as well as direct communication with people across the sector.
The transition deal, agreed with the UK Government earlier this year, aims to safeguard existing jobs, create 40,000 new cleaner energy jobs.
In 2019, OGUK led more than 5,000 conversations with people working for operator and supply chain companies in an initiative that led to the delivery of the sector’s plan for the future: Roadmap 2035.
OGUK supply chain and operations director Katy Heidenreich said: “The oil and gas sector’s expertise will be crucial to the UK’s energy security and economy for many decades to come.
“Firstly, for the continuing oil and gas that we know is essential to keep the country running. Secondly, to roll out the cleaner energy technologies needed for the UK to hit the net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“The industry’s skilled workforce are key to us achieving all of this. That’s why we’re announcing this major workforce listening and engaging exercise.
“We’ll be having a two-way dialogue with employees at every level across the sector.
“This will make sure that the transition is shaped directly by the people and communities who will be most affected by it.
“This will also help us continually refine the plans to develop the diverse energy mix we know the UK is going to need up to 2050 and beyond.”
The findings from the engagement exercise will inform key asks in the North Sea Transition Deal and will be set out in OGUK’s Workforce Report in the autumn of this year.