Manufacturing News from the Engineered Designer Perspective

North American oil and gas industry has trouble finding workers

The US oil and gas industry will be hiring in the coming months a new survey shows, with engineers at the top of the list of sought-after workers. Rigzone, a news, research and recruitment resource for the oil and gas industry, reports on the results of a national survey concerning the industry’s hiring intentions. Close to half of hiring managers plan to hire in the second half of 2013.

According to Rigzone, current market and economic conditions are considered favourable for hiring by 48 per cent of recruiters in the industry. Just 8 per cent said that they would be decreasing their hiring activities.

Engineers are in big demand in the US oil and gas industry. In Canada, a shortage of younger workers to replace those who retire is creating challenges for the industry.

The most wanted category of workers by far is engineers of various kinds. The president of Rigzone, Paul Caplan, said in a release that the results of the survey are “encouraging” for oil and gas professionals. While overall hiring in the industry has been “tempered” in recent months, when it comes to engineers he would “ratchet that description up several notches to flat-out, unbridled optimism.”

The top ten positions wanted are:

• Mechanical Engineers

• Design Engineers

• Petroleum Engineers

• Electrical Engineers

• Reservoir Engineers

• Pipeline Engineers

• Health, Safety & Environment Managers

• Finance & Accounting talent

• Production Engineers

• Process Engineers

The majority of employers (55 per cent) are expecting to hire more full-time workers, as opposed to contract workers.

Despite the increased demand for workers, there has not been a corresponding increase in the number of applicants, according to Rigzone. One-third of hiring managers said it was taking long to fill positions than it did last year, mainly because of a lack of available talent.

Those who do apply are looking for more money, though: more than half of recruiters said that candidates are demanding more money than they were just six months ago.

In Canada, a recent survey by Hays Oil and Gas, a Canadian recruitment firm, found that the industry in this country also suffers from a lack of technical talent. Here the problem seems to be the industry’s inability to attract younger workers, despite paying high salaries. Whereas the number of younger workers (under the age of 35) in Canada’s oil and gas sector was just 18 per cent, that age group makes up 33 per cent of workers in other oil-producing countries. Many workers are approaching retirement, and without new talent to replace them, the industry faces big challenges as it seeks to expand production in coming years.


More Great Stories
Norwegian group claims world’s first seabed energy storage technology
Norwegian research scientists claim to have devised the technology that will make it possible to sto [more]
Manufacturing down in February in both Canada and US
After almost two years of continuous expansion, manufacturing production levels dropped in February. [more]
Offshore wind costs will fall significantly if development continues: study
The German energy giant Siemens is a global leader in offshore wind energy, having installed more th [more]
International aviation agency will not leave Montreal
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will remain headquartered in Montreal. A push b [more]
Ford reveals C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car
Ford has unveiled its new solar-powered concept car, the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, which it says h [more]
Industry-academic R&D cooperation to boost Ontario’s aerospace sector
A new tripartite agreement among research and industry groups will help Ontario’s aerospace indust [more]

Other Popular News and Stories

  • Keystone: will it all come down to emissions?
  • GM investing $250 million at Ingersoll plant
  • Pembina set for biggest expansion in its history
  • Boeing expands Winnipeg plant; Dreamliners set to fly again
  • LNG, fracking, desalination driving growth in industrial valves
  • English-French partners show all-electric aircraft at Paris Air Show
  • No fracking for now in Nova Scotia
  • Petronas to spend $16 billion to export Western Canadian LNG
  • Government money to Ontario auto parts maker will ensure jobs
  • Siemens Canada, Manitoba Hydro sign $800 million contract
  • Wood-based battery the next energy storage solution?
  • Ontario wants to be heard at Enbridge pipeline hearings
  • Large CSeries order builds momentum for Bombardier
  • Manufacturing sales off in November led by cars, chemicals
  • Manufacturing recovers ground in January: GDP up 0.2 per cent
  • Cement industry opposes wood construction in taller buildings
  • Nanotech device can detect lung cancer in patients' breath
  • LED bulb manufacturer receives R&D funds from Ottawa
  • Tesla now biggest car maker in California
  • Manufacturing up again in October