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GETI 2019: fresh thinking the key to averting oil and gas skills crisis

Published:  22 January, 2019

The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), energy recruitment and employment trends report, was released recently, showing that oil and gas businesses must continue evolving their approach to attracting and recruiting talent.

The report by Airswift, a global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, and Energy Jobline, a leading jobsite for the energy and engineering industries, indicates that 48% of oil and gas professionals are concerned about an impending talent emergency. In fact, 40% of survey respondents believe the sector to already be in the grips of a crisis, with a further 28% expecting one to hit within the next five years.

But there is reason for optimism. When asked whether they would pursue a career in the sector if they were entering the energy industry now, a large majority of oil and gas professionals said yes. Encouragingly, 81% of those aged 25 and under remain enthusiastic about a career in oil and gas. While the pace of recruitment may have slowed during the downturn, it is clear that the quality of these efforts remains strong.

Janette Marx, chief executive Officer at Airswift, says: “In recent years, GETI has proven hugely successful at providing hiring managers with the insights they need to manage the expectations of the energy workforce. This year is no different, as we respond to what they told us was their biggest concern: the energy skills gap.

“And the oil and gas chapter makes for interesting reading. Having cut graduate schemes, apprenticeships and training during the downturn, the sector is playing catch-up. But it’s making good progress. And, most importantly, companies now realise that no matter what happens economically, they need to consistently invest in their talent strategies.”

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