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Aberdeen energy sector requires more than 100,000 workers by 2022

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Freelancers and limited company contractors could find themselves with increased job opportunities, due to the Scottish city of Aberdeen requiring around 120,000 new workers within the next ten years.

This is according to a recent survey, carried out by PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), which found that the Scottish city will need these workers by 2022, in order to guarantee its future as the energy capital.

The PwC’s report has revealed that this enormous amount of additional workers would double the entirety of the city’s current workforce, of both permanent and contracting workers combined.

The PwC has recommended that by creating an Aberdeen Energy Academy within the next three years, this will prepare for the aging of the current energy workforce (the average employee age is 45), as concerns are being raised over longevity.

Mark Higginson, senior partner at PwC in Aberdeen, said that the greatest threat to the city being unable to guarantee its future as the energy capital, is the possible shortage of trained freelance and permanent workers, therefore producing an energy academy will help to create more skilled workers.

Mr Higginson said, “Since we first outlined our vision of an Energy Academy ten months ago, an initial feasibility study has taken place with the concept gaining broad support from industry, academics and the public sector.

“But it is essential that this momentum is not only maintained, but that stakeholders are galvanised into action if we are to create the foremost global brand for industry excellence.”

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