Competitive salaries vital for bringing in new talent

Despite a weakening global economic outlook, I believe we are working in a local business environment of pragmatic optimism. Sustained recovery in the oil and gas sector, technology innovation and diversification activities are contributing to business growth and new employment opportunities.


How has 2016 shaped new recruitment trends in the oil and gas sector?

While the entire sector has been affected by the prolonged downturn in oil and gas, the workforce has undoubtedly felt the biggest impact. But every cloud has a silver lining, the downturn has forced companies to think smarter about their recruitment and retention strategies. This influenced a number of recruitment and workforce trends in 2016:

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SSE invests £12million in recruitment shortfall

Energy giant SSE has pledged to invest £12million in order to help meet the need to recruit a shortfall of 208,000 workers in the sector by 2023. It has called on firms to invest in the support of apprentices to ensure the UK has the skilled workforce needed to deliver major projects required for the future as half of utility sectors workers are set to retire in the next eight years.