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Oil & gas contractors could benefit from skills shortage

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Oil & gas engineer contractors could find themselves in high demand, as latest findings reveal that UK employers are desperately seeking skilled workers.

Hays Oil & Gas and Oil & Gas Job Search, have produced a new salary guide, which has revealed that the main challenge for the industry’s employers is the lack of skilled workers. 

The Oil and Gas Global Salary Guide, which surveyed 24,000 respondents across the UK, found that 65% of employers trading in the sector plan to hire more this year – many are even considering increasing rates of pay in order to attract those with the right skills. 

Hays Oil & Gas director Ed Allnutt, commented on the findings, “Salaries in the UK have held up well in a tough climate but with such an improvement in employers’ outlook and more positive sentiment, we are expecting 2014 to provide plenty of opportunities for professionals.

“Professionals with very niche skills and experience can command high salaries and are highly sought after and this will become more widespread over the coming months.

Oil & Gas Job Search managing director Duncan Freer, added, “Whilst the overall level of increase in pay in the UK has slowed, the government has taken steps to welcome further business and investment in the UK by announcing a new tax allowance aimed at boosting the development of shale gas resources in the UK.”

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