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Five Minutes with Fircroft: Aberdeen

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Shaun Garrathy, Business Manager in the Fircroft Aberdeen office, talks about the growth of the business, what it is like working in the industry and living in the “Energy Capital of Europe.”

How long have you worked in the Oil and Gas industry?

I started working in the Oil and Gas Industry in 1996, where I was introduced to the recruitment business. In 2004, I joined Fircroft as a Recruitment Consultant, and have since worked in Aberdeen as Senior Recruitment Consultant, Recruitment Manager and Account Manager before taking up my current role as one of the Business Managers here in Aberdeen.

As Business Manager, I report directly into the Regional Manager, and my role mainly involves leading, coaching and mentoring our staff whilst working with clients to maximise existing relationships as well as developing new ones.

How does the Aberdeen office operate?

Fircroft was first established in Aberdeen in 1980. Our present office is located approximately four miles from the city centre, where we have been situated for over four years. The current Aberdeen operation consists of 15 employees, including a Regional Manager, Business Managers, Account Managers, a Recruitment Manager, Account Managers, Account Coordinators and an Administrator. Our recruitment team is responsible for interacting with current and potential candidates. The account management team takes care of all personnel placed with our clients, from initial onboarding and throughout their assignment to ensure their experience with Fircroft runs as smoothly as possible.

Fircroft is well established in the region and is currently working on a Principal Supplier basis for a number of key clients here in Aberdeen. In addition, we have long standing agreements with numerous other major operating companies as a Preferred Supplier, for whom we provide both contract and permanent personnel.

What does the future hold for the Oil and Gas industry in Aberdeen?

Aberdeen is often referred to as the “Oil Capital” or “Energy Capital” of Europe and has been involved in the Oil and Gas industry for over 40 years. Having more than a thousand businesses within the energy sector makes Aberdeen one of the most influential energy cities in the world, and as of April 2014, Aberdeen was listed as the 4th best city to find a job in the UK. Since the mid 1970s, around 38 billion barrels of oil equivalent have been produced from the UK Continental Shelf with the potential for a further 15-25 billion still to be extracted. The energy sector has had, and continues to have, an outstanding effect on Aberdeen’s economy, providing jobs for over 150,000 skilled personnel of all nationalities.

Moving forward, a current project is developing what will be the 2nd largest gas producer in the UK with first gas expected in Q4, 2015. Another development will contribute more than 250 million barrels of oil equivalent with an average production of around 55,000 barrels per day. Production is expected to commence in 2017 with a feasible output and life expectancy of at least 30 years. In addition, decommissioning is becoming a significant part of UKCS expenditure and will increase by 30% in the next five years.

The industry in Aberdeen remains one of the largest oil and gas hubs in the world and we are constantly on the lookout for experienced personnel who are interested in new and exciting opportunities. To take a look at our latest roles, click here.

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