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UK oil industry needs 25,000 new workers by 2025

02/05/2019
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The UK oil and gas industry needs to attract 25,000 workers over the next six years, including 4,500 in brand new roles in areas like automation and data science says a new skills report from industry training body OPITO.
The UK oil industry will need 25,000 new workers by 2025 according to a new report from OPITO
The report, Skills Landscape 2019 – 2025, reveals that advances in technology, internationalisation and the transition to a lower carbon future are accelerating changing skills demands in the oil and gas sector.

Built on four strategic components – Retain, Retrain, Recruit and Renew – the report is designed to help the sector develop an increasingly flexible, multi-skilled and technology-enabled workforce.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Around 80% of the current UK oil and gas workforce will still be working within the industry in 2025, taking into account natural attrition and retirement. The opportunity to retain these skills, as well as upskill and reskill the workforce as the industry adapts to new technologies and different ways of working, is substantial.

  • In just six years, it is estimated the industry needs to attract 25,000 new people and 4,500 of those will be in completely new roles that don’t currently exist in areas such as data science, automation and new materials.

  • Gender balance will likely shift from 25% females in the sector in 2019 to circa 30% by 2025.

  • 28% of people’s time is currently spent on repetitive, transactional activities which are more likely to become automated over time. Upskilling and reskilling the current workforce will enable people to carry out their role more efficiently and prepare them for different tasks and responsibilities.

  • There is a need to upskill the sector’s leadership and management functions to ensure informed decision making with respect to technology adoption and change management.

  • The way in which the workforce wants to learn and develop new skills is changing. New training methods such as simulation and augmented reality are becoming the preferred learning methods.
  • The UK oil industry will be in increasing competition with other sectors for new digital talent and skillsets
    Commenting on the release of the report, Mark Cullens, Director of strategic development at OPITO said:

    “Advances in technology, internationalisation and energy transition will see new ways of working and the introduction of roles that don’t currently exist. The findings demonstrate that the oil and gas skills landscape will look very different by 2025 and we need to work together as an industry to support the existing workforce with training opportunities and plan for competing with other industries for future talent”.

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