UK offshore oil and gas workforce grows 9%

The UK’s workforce for offshore oil and gas exploration grew 9% in 2012. The UK’s core offshore workforce – which counts those who spend over 100 nights a year offshore […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The UK’s workforce for offshore oil and gas exploration grew 9% in 2012.

The UK’s core offshore workforce – which counts those who spend over 100 nights a year offshore – grew in 2012 to 25,760, the latest 2013 Offshore Demographics Report released yesterday by a trade body reveals.

This is the highest number travelling offshore for work since Oil & Gas UK’s first report on this in 2006. 

Those who travelled offshore in 2012 were on average 41.1 years old, similar to previous years. Although older workers dominated, the number of people under 30 grew by 14% compared with 2011.

However despite the growing offshore workforce, a mere 4% of offshore oil and gas workers were female.

Dr Alix Thom, the trade body’s employment and skills issues manager said the industry is growing steadily with record investment in new developments forecast this year, mounting interest in exploring for new reserves and fields expected to produce into the 2040s.”