It’s no surprise that oil & gas workers have had a hard time as of recent years. With the price of oil refusing to stabilise in a good spot and skilled workers struggling to find new opportunities, some contractors have become concerned with how they might be affected. Oil & gas contractors may not be completely out of luck however, as they have been encouraged to apply their skills in different industries.
The Talent Retention Solution scheme is setting up a new website in order to show oil & gas workers the benefits of working in different sectors and projects, such as nuclear new builds, renewable energy and oil platform decommissioning. Not-for-profit organisation EngineeringUK has suggested that engineers are in high demand as the UK will need over 180,000 people with engineering skills per year to 2022.
UK Business Minister Anna Soubry is in favour of the movement, stating:
“The future success of our economy depends on having the right people in the right jobs, and that’s why it’s vital we retain the talents of our highly skilled workers currently in the oil & gas industry.
“There is already considerable demand for these skills, whether it’s for nuclear new build, the fast-growing renewable energy sector or the nascent decommissioning industry.”
Not everyone is in agreement however, as trade union Unite claim that the plan is “woefully inadequate” and “fails to deal with the fundamental issues facing oil and gas workers and their industry”, believing that the Government must come up with another solution to support the oil & gas industry and its workers.
The move to different industries remains an interesting one, and it remains to be seen whether a significant amount of these contractors will express interest in working somewhere out of their comfort zone.
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