Callum Donaldson, International Recruitment Manager at Orion Group gives his thoughts on what’s shaping up to be another interesting year for Recruitment in the world of Oil & Gas.
2014 will be another significant year for the oil and gas industry with those involved looking to keep track of a number of new areas of development, health and safety changes and challenges facing a globalised workforce.
From production to geophysics, infrastructure development to pipeline integrity, those working in the sector will still find their talents very much in demand this year.
Demand will remain especially high for an experienced and technically astute workforce, and the jobs market this year will undoubtedly remain candidate driven. It’s generally assumed that money is a key driver for those working in the industry; however we know first-hand that it goes much deeper than that. The location of a potential job is a key consideration for onshore and offshore workers, and it’s something which recruitment companies increasingly need to be aware of.
As for worldwide trends, it remains a very mixed bag. Increased global energy demand will always mean a need for increased manpower. A big growth area for us currently is in North America and Canada, particularly within the onshore processing field. We have experienced teams in both Houston and Calgary on hand to support the local markets.
From north to south, the South American market is steadily becoming a big hitter. The Americas market generally is looking very buoyant and so we have taken steps to build our presence in the region by opening our first office in Rio. The importance of the South American market cannot be understated and it is vital for a company such as Orion Group to have a presence in country. Expect big things from what is fast becoming a bourgeoning market in 2014.
A common question for those looking to get a foothold in the industry is which roles are in demand? We predict that Senior Technical Safety Engineers in particular, where candidates hold a strong chemical process background, will continue to be in high demand. That said, those involved in any aspect of exploration and production will always hold a certain amount of sway in the market.
Those working in the recruitment industry have had to adjust to the way in which we do business. We have had to move with economic and environmental shifts and complement the new green economies which are being heralded. Again, this is something we will continue to work towards in 2014 and beyond.
We anticipated many of these changes well ahead of time which is why we’ve been so successful in oil and gas recruitment. As the focus on energy continues to grow with Scotland and the rest of the UK working hard-to-meet ambitious renewable energy targets, it’s up to company’s like Orion Group to provide the right people for the job.
The oil and gas market remains a key sector for us but our other business streams – Aerospace, Rail, Civil Construction, IT & Telecoms, Petrochemical and Renewables are also significant contributors to our success.
Looking to the future, we are embarking on further expansion at our Inverness HQ and we will continue to invest in people and facilities to ensure that the Group remains a world class recruitment business.
You'll find all our latest vacancies from across our international network at www.orionjobs.com.