Gas industry recruiters more risk averse: Hays

Construction workers at the Santos GLNG Project on Curtis Island.

Construction workers at the Santos GLNG Project on Curtis Island.

The volatility of oil prices in 2015 has resulted in employers in the gas industry being more risk averse when making staffing decisions, according to recruiter Hays.

The Hays April – June 2015 Oil & Gas report states that, as a result of this shift in approach, the past few months have seen a number of major companies restructure their organisations and making redundancies.

Cutbacks have also been made across both temporary and permanent staff, resulting in an influx of candidates on the market.

Additionally, while exploration companies are struggling to gain investment, consultancies are having to reduce their workforce numbers, causing employers to focus slightly more on temporary staff for short-term assignments.

Skills needed for key projects in the sector include:

Queensland

Commercial analysts are needed to assess the viability of operations and assess the current standing of projects.

Maintenance/reliability professionals are in demand as employers are looking to avoid disrepair and to maintain the value of their assets.

Meanwhile, both field and office-based operation-focused professionals are required to ensure efficiency.

Victoria

With gas works set to continue throughout the year there is a need to have project engineers capable of running both distribution and transmission pipeline projects.

Small to medium-sized enterprises require process engineers to help develop overseas markets and devise strategic plans.

Project managers have also been in demand in the gas pipelines arena, both in terms of man and project management roles.

Western Australia/Northern Territory

As companies focus on developing new business opportunities, talented and experienced sales engineers are in demand to assist with tender preparation and servicing existing clients.

Estimators/cost engineers are also becoming continuously relied upon to ensure companies are developing competitive tenders and finding efficiencies within their own projects and businesses.

Additionally, as major projects in Darwin progress further into their construction phase, candidates with specialist trades experience in areas like pressure testing and non-destructive testing are in high demand.

Click here to view the Hays April – June 2015 Oil & Gas report.

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