Who’s hiring in 2016 – Oli & Gas Hiring Hotspots

Who’s hiring in 2016 and where are future opportunities ?……….


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North America Hiring Hotspots 2016  – U.S.

  • LNG projects such as Freeport, Sabine and Cove point have moved into  construction phase. This has led to high demand for qualified skilled labour including Electricians, Welders and Mechanical Fitters. Furthermore, additional projects are expected to receive FID and move forward with construction plans over the next 12 to 18 months. As these projects move through the phases, demand for skilled trades will intensify as competing projects battle for talent (1)
  • The LNG Bill could add 45,000 jobs as soon as 2018 in the U.S – In  January  2016 a bill was approved, designed to accelerate the approvals of U.S. LNG exports. A study that was conducting by NERA economic consulting found that by increasing the trade of U.S. LNG could reduce the average number of unemployed in the U.S. by 45,000 as soon as 2018. Projections from The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance show that the market increase that would result from the bill’s passing could add as much as 150,000 jobs to the U.S. LNG supply chain (2)

Canada Hiring Hotspots 2016 

  • Direct employment in the Canadian oil & gas industry is forecast to pick up again by 2020; 2016 forecast – 173,890 to 181, 785 vs  2020 forecast  – 201, 915 to 218,080 (3)
  • The Canadian oil & gas industry could hire as many as 55,305 people between 2017 and 2020. Those jobs are projected to become available due to industrial activity and ageing workers leaving the industry.  Most of those positions are expected to be created in Alberta. British Columbia could lead all of Canada’s energy-producing areas in employment in 2017 and 2018 if construction begins on a large LNG facility in the province by the end of 2020 (4)

Europe Oil & Gas Hiring Hotspots 2016

North Sea

  • In April 2016  Apache North Sea awarded Subsea 7 a sizeable engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract for the North Sea Callater field development (5)
  •  In April 2016  WOOD Group won a $150m contract to work on North Sea facilities for  Chinese-owned oil & gas giant Nexen  retaining more than 190 jobs (6)
  • Wood Group also recently won four subsea contracts with Statoil on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) (7) 
  • In April 2016 Hurricane Energy secured £52m from investors to drill wells on the Lancaster find West of Shetland in 2016 (8)
  • Oil production from the Gatwick area in England could add billions to the economy and according to  UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) –production could generate between £7bn and £52bn over a 40-year period. Between 994 and 5,607 jobs could be generated on average per year due to the activity, with  less than a third of the jobs generated in the South, remainder as supply chain for the oil industry is in the North of England and Scotland (9)
  • Decommissioning –  Between 2016 and 2040  analysts Douglas-Westwood (DW) say US$70-$82 billion will be spent on decommissioning activity in Denmark, Germany, Norway and the UK. This will start earliest in the UK, with Norwegian decommissioning activity peaking after 2030.In the UK over the 2019 – 2026 period 144 platforms will be scrapped, 51% of all platform removals in the UK over the forecast period. Examples of decommissioning projects already underway ; In April 2016 Tullow Oil awarded subsea engineering and training firm Jee a contract to investigate the most appropriate options for decommissioning their Thames area assets in the North Sea, subsea services provider Bibby Offshore   secured a multimillion dollar contract with a North Sea Operator, to deliver decommissioning operations in the Northern North Sea East Shetland Basin (10-13)


  • The number of exploration wells in the Norwegian part of the Barents Sea is forecast to increase from 7 in 2015 to 10 in 2016 .  
  • Statoil has said it was seeking a rebound in exploration activity offshore Norway in the next few years with a focus on the Arctic 
  • In March 2016 KCA Deutag said it is looking for 300 operational staff in Norway; 150 staff members on each of its two Category J jack-up rigs n the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, and operated by Statoil (14-15) 

Russia /Antartica 

  • Oil production in Russia grew in 2015, mostly due to increased oil recovery from conventional fields and the exploration of new deposits, including reserves that are hard to recover and is forecast to increase in 2016.  As such, the job market has remained steady and there is still high demand for Western rig managers and health safety experts with experience in the region.
  • EU and US sanctions have restricted trade with the West. In response to tightening sanctions, Russia has also turned to China for financial support and to tap into the Chinese talent pool in order to replace those workers lost as a result of western companies withdrawing from Russia following the sanctions. Russia and China have agreed a $400bn deal which will see Russia supplying China with gas 
  • Russia has expressed its intention to “strengthen the economic capacity of Russia… through complex investigations of the Antarctic mineral, hydrocarbon, and other natural resources” in its 2010-2020 Antartic strategy  (16,17)

Australia Hiring Hotspots 2016

  • Although hiring for LNG project construction is now slowing down, a recent study by Energy Skills Queensland forecast that demand for workers in upstream Coal Seam Gas (CSG) would not peak until 2024. The need for these different roles will change over the duration of the project. Since well servicing requires the most manpower following the drilling and gas field development stages, a rise in demand for these roles is expected in the next one to two years.  According to a recent study by the Australian Workplace and Productivity Agency, Australia will require approximately 3,000 LNG process operators over the next two to three years, however, current estimates suggest there are only between 200 and 300 available. This will raise concerns among operators that there could be a repeat of over-inflated compensation packages, which blighted budgets during the design and construction phases.  (18)

Asia Hiring Hotspots 2016

  •  In 2015 where there have been redundancies in the region, these have mainly been as a result of restructuring by international companies. While drilling contractors have suffered, National Operating Companies (NOC) and EPC contractors within the GCC have continued hiring for essential skills, for example for project and construction professionals (19)
  • Oil exporting countries in the Middle East ( Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates) lost $390bn in revenue due to lower oil prices last year, oil still accounted for 72 percent of total revenue last year and  losses of $500bn forecast for this year. As a result  in April 2016 Saudi  unveiled “Vision 2030,” regulatory, budget and policy changes to be implemented over the next 15 years to make the Kingdom less reliant on oil (20) 
  • Iran is the second largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region after Saudi Arabia. In 2016 international sanctions were removed in Iran which could signal Iranian oil & gas flooding the market in 2016; Iran is  the world’s fourth largest country in terms of  crude reserves, with oil reserves of 158bn  and holds more than 34,000 bcm of natural gas reserves which account for nearly one-fifth of the global proven reserves of natural gas. One of the greatest opportunities in Iran remains the hydrocarbons sector.  (21-22)
  • 2016 Panama Canal Zone expansion –  will benefit U.S. oil & gas, allowing cost savings on LNG trade routes from the US Gulf Coast to East Asia
  • Singapore – oil & gas activity will be concentrated on South Asian (predominately India) and Southeast Asian LNG markets
  • India – The Indian government has begun work to study and design ways to boost domestic oil production, including the regions of Jammu and Kashmir which are thought to have significant reserves.  Shale gas – State–owned ONGC Limited is planning to explore as many as 17 shale gas and oil wells in both east and west coasts with an investment of aroundRs.700 crore (23)
  • China is the world’s second-biggest oil consumer and fourth largest producer and continues to push ahead with reforms to open up its oil markets e.g. for the first time it has begun to grant quotas for imported crude to privately-owned refiners (24)

 Africa Oil & Gas Hiring Hotspots  2016

  • Several of the regions’ governments (e.g. Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya)  have passed bills in support of the oil & gas industry  to attract investment e.g. the Nigerian Government has pledged to overhaul the state owned Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).  In Nigeria there has been an increasing use of contract staffing, outsourcing  as employers look for new ways to cut cost (25, 26)
  • East Africa’s huge offshore gas potential still has a pivotal role to play in the global LNG market. Anadarko and ENI continue to push ahead on plans to build world class LNG facilities,with analysts estimating that LNG exports could be worth up to $39bn per year to Mozambique, however there are a number of skills shortages to support LNG and future E&P acvtivities (27)

 South America  Oil & Gas Hiring Hotspots  2016

  • Mexico – energy sector privatisation –  is generating opportunities for  (E&P) operators, the E&P arms of international oil and gas companies, suppliers and investors e.g.  in 2015 Transcanada announced that it expected to benefit from Mexico’s energy sector privatisation and will build a new pipeline to carry gas from hydraulic fracturing in the US to Mexico’s electricity grid, the first pipeline  under Mexico’s energy sector privatisation era
  • Argentina – planned policy changes by a new government will help attract foreign capital into the country’s oil and gas industry. The Vaca Muerta play, located on Argentina’s western border with Chile, is one of the most significant shale resources outside the U.S. (28)


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(1) The 2016 Compensation, Recruitment and Retention Guide for the Oil and Gas Industry 2016, Hays   

(2) 21.4.16 http://www.oilandgas360.com/lng-bill-add-45000-jobs-soon-2018/

(3)23.4.16  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/24k-jobs-lost-2016-outlook-1.3550476

(4) 23.4.16 http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/04/23/canada-oil-gas-job-losses_n_9762498.html

(5) 26.4.16 http://www.oilandgaspeople.com/news/8282/apache-awards-subsea-7-contract-offshore-uk/

(6) 22.4.16 http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/14444710.Wood_Group_wins__150m_North_Sea_contract/

(7) 25.4.16 http://www.worldoil.com/news/2016/4/25/wood-group-secures-four-statoil-contracts

(8) 19.4.16 http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/14435790.Hurricane_Energy_to_drill_off_Shetland_after_securing___52m_funding/?ref=eb

(9) 18.4.16  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36069751  

(10) 17.2.16 http://www.energyglobal.com/upstream/drilling-and-production/17022016/Significant-opportunity-for-decommissioning-work-in-the-North-Sea/

(11) 17.2.16 http://www.oedigital.com/component/k2/item/12086-jee-wins-tullow-north-sea-decommissioning-work

(12) 17.2.16  http://www.osjonline.com/news/view,massive-decommissioning-potential-on-both-sides-of-north-sea_41888.htm

(13) 5.4.16 http://www.oedigital.com/component/k2/item/12088-bibby-gets-north-sea-decom-work/

(14) 11.3.16 http://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/report-kca-deutag-looking-to-hire-300-offshore-workers/

(15) 22.4.16 http://www.adn.com/article/20160422/norways-arctic-bright-prospect-crisis-hit-oil-sector

(16) 2016 http://www2.deloitte.com/ru/en/pages/energy-and-resources/articles/russian-oil-gas-outlook-survey.html

(17) 28.1.16 http://globalriskinsights.com/2016/01/russias-long-game-in-antarctica-runs-political-risk/

(18, 19) The 2016 Compensation, Recruitment and Retention Guide for the Oil and Gas Industry, Hays

(20) http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/imf-forecasts-middle-east-oil-exporters-will-miss-out-on-500b-in-2016-1.3548370

(21) 25.4.16 http://www.fxstreet.com/analysis/iran-growing-oil-and-gas-production-vs-monopoly/2016/04/18/

(22) 20.4.16 http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=56a568b8-b19e-4dc5-ac41-43043532e2af

(23) 24.3.16 http://www.livemint.com/Industry/UeOEI2j4lARwyoxMr4tKVJ/ONGC-to-drill-17-exploratory-wells-for-shale-gas.html

(26) 22.4.16  http://www.cnbcafrica.com/news/western-africa/2016/04/22/150,000-jobs-lost-in-nigeria%E2%80%99s-oil-industry-%E2%80%93-pengassan/

(24, 25, 27) The 2016 Compensation, Recruitment and Retention Guide for the Oil and Gas Industry 2016, Hays

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