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engineers

Oil & Gas

Institution of Civil Engineers raise “major concerns” about Scotland’s energy sector

The Scottish Government should consider introducing tolls to help tackle a £2 billion road maintenance backlog, according to a new report. The Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland said about a third of local roads are in an unacceptable condition in its latest review of the country’s infrastructure. The declining state of local roads risks undermining improvements made by major investment in projects such as the Queensferry Crossing and Borders Railway, the report said. The institution, which has 8,000 members in Scotland, said estimates put the cost of simply preventing further deterioration at £245.5 million a year.

Technology

Demand for engineers still buoyant despite fall in oil price

The drop in global oil prices has not dented the hiring intentions of businesses in Aberdeen, according to a jobs report. The city’s jobs market is still described as “very buoyant” in the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey despite oil prices tumbling since the summer. Brent crude fell to a five-year low of $66 at one stage yesterday amid fears of over-supply, with investment bank Morgan Stanley warning that prices could drop to as low as $43 a barrel next year.