Oil and gas careers on hold until UK economy recovers

Paul Boughton
A fifth of Oil and Gas professionals (19 per cent) feel that their career has either stood still or gone backwards over the past two years, according to research released by oil and gas recruitment specialists, Change Recruitment Group.

A further fifth of Oil and Gas workers (20 per cent) felt their career had progressed but not as quickly as they would have liked, whilst a third (33 per cent) said their career is on track.

Two fifths (42 per cent) of respondents think their career would have progressed further had the UK not seen a recession.

Frustrations are starting to show as three quarters (75 per cent) confess to job hunting, with almost half (44 per cent) of those looking for a move, doing so in order to take a step up.

Laura Drysdale, Change Recruitment’s international managing director said: “There is no denying that the working environment in the UK has been tough over the last few years, with some sectors suffering more than others. The Oil and Gas sector has remain fairly resilient but a number of organisations have seen restructuring and even downsizing, meaning that there are potentially fewer hierarchical positions.

“Career development is an essential tool in retaining staff and ultimately creating a working environment where people want to stay. Investment in training and development goes a long way to creating a culture where staff feel they are developing and working towards an end goal.

“Regular performance reviews and clear goal setting will enable both employees and employers to ensure that they are on track.”

* Research was conducted in September 2012, with 800 responses across the

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