While Australia’s oil and gas industry is expected to recover in 2015-16, many employers remain cautious of over staffing their workforce, according to Hays’ Q3 outlook.
“In Victoria for example employers still prefer to recruit short-term temporary assignments while they wait for definite signs that the market is about to recover,” the company’s outlook states.
“In anticipation of this, employers are starting to speculatively consider permanent roles, although again they are waiting until the recovery is clear before going ahead with these.”
Queensland employers are reportedly moving to secure top talent early as the resurgence of the industry looms, Hays’ said.
Meanwhile, in Western Australia oil and gas firms have undergone cost cutting exercises in direct reaction to the continued oil price glut.
The recruitment firm added that oil and gas companies in Queensland are on the lookout for reservoir engineers while project managers are in demand in Victoria.
“We’re also seeing demand in the gas pipelines market for Project Engineers with transmission experience for upcoming infrastructure projects,” the outlook said.
“Gas workers (blue collar) are typically involved in the labouring aspects of gas installations and are also sought for domestic work. Employers are typically looking for candidates with a Certificate III in Gas Operations. Given demand, those with extensive experience may also be considered for roles.”