More young people find work in offshore industry

The offshore oil and gas sector is attracting younger workers. The 2011 Workforce Demographics Report shows a rising trend over the past five years in the overall number of people […]

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By Tom Gibson

The offshore oil and gas sector is attracting younger workers. The 2011 Workforce Demographics Report shows a rising trend over the past five years in the overall number of people aged under 30 travelling to offshore installations in UK waters.

Despite the numbers for workers in UK offshore installation falling since 2006, there has been a positive trend in an increase in workers under 30, while numbers of workers aged between 30 and 60 have fallen.

Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK said: “I am delighted to see the rising trend in young people working in the offshore environment. This points to the success of the industry’s technician training schemes and graduate programmes.

“However, the loss of experienced workers is of concern and fast-track development programmes are now in place to address ongoing skills shortages in certain occupations.”