More young people working on offshore oil rigs

More people in their twenties are working on offshore oil and gas rigs, show new figures released this week. Workers aged 24-29 jumped nearly 15% while the total number of […]

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By Vicky Ellis

More people in their twenties are working on offshore oil and gas rigs, show new figures released this week.

Workers aged 24-29 jumped nearly 15% while the total number of people travelling offshore rose to 61,892, an increase of 8.6% in 2013 compared with the year before.

Dr Alix Thom, employment and skills issues manager at Oil & Gas UK which released the data said: “In 2006-2013 the largest increase in the offshore population was in the 18-29 age group.

“Their presence – and the fact that the average age of the total offshore workforce has dropped from 41.1 in 2012 to 40.8 in 2013 – is helping to dispel the common misconception that the offshore population is ageing.”

But women continue to be a tiny fraction of offshore workers, added Dr Thom.

She said: “Women now comprise 3.6% of the total offshore population representing a decrease of almost 0.2 per cent since 2012.

“Given the current level of demand for skilled employees, and the high level of activity on the UK Continental Shelf, it is in the industry’s interest to increase its focus on tackling this lack of gender diversity as it represents a significant, but not fully utilised, pool of talent.”