Hays highlight oil and gas sector remains attractive option for
on: April 10, 2009, 1:43 am
Author: Hays Plc
specialist recruitment company, survey shows demand for qualified
engineers in the oil and gas sector remains resilient despite
the downturn and this is reflected by the competitive salary and
benefits packages on offer in the industry.
2009 survey, which was conducted in partnership with the Energy
Institute, analysed trends in the oil
and gas jobs sector, showed pensions were top the list of
desirable benefits for almost 80% of workers, followed by annual
leave entitlement (71%), health insurance (66%), and bonuses (58%).
day fortnights are also fairly typical of the oil and gas sector,
enabling workers to take a supplementary day off every other week.
We are also seeing car allowances at all levels, including for
more junior roles," commented Eliot Davies, National Operations
Director for Hays Oil & Gas.
companies also sponsor career development, offering to pay for
further training - this is borne out by the number of workers
who hold a postgraduate qualification (43%). The survey also revealed
that over half of oil and gas workers saw their incomes boosted
by bonuses (58%), which can climb as high as 20% of base salary.
Indeed, almost half of oil and gas professionals (45%) are expecting
to receive a bonus this year. The opportunity to work on projects
globally is also attracting jobseekers to the oil and gas industry,
demonstrated by the survey findings, which reveal that two thirds
of respondents deemed this to be either important or very important.
Aberdeen is still seen as a centre for engineering excellence,
many head offices located in the city will offer opportunities
for secondment abroad," stated Eliot.
commercial experience of principal and contracts engineers is
also highly sought after, along with C&I, structural and mechanical
engineers. While some employers require specialist oil and
gas experience, others are considering taking on construction
sector professionals such as quantity
surveyors where skills can be easily transferred across industries.
are experiencing particularly strong demand for intermediate and
senior level reservoir engineers, geoscientists, geophysicists
and people with FEED experience," Eliot commented.
bands for oil and gas engineers in the sector vary from £28-36k
at the junior level (for individuals with one to three years'
experience), £35-50k at the intermediate level (three to
six years' experience), £48-70k at the senior level (seven
to 10 years' experience) and £60-120k at the management
level (10 years' plus experience).
Hays Oil & Gas:
Hays Oil & Gas is part of Hays plc, the leading global specialist
recruitment group, specialising in a range of oil and gas jobs
from piping and drilling
jobs to field engineer
jobs. It is market leader in the UK and Australia, and one
of the market leaders in Continental Europe. The Group employs
8,294 staff operating from 380 offices in 27 countries across
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