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Skilled labour shortage worries oil and gas industry

Published by Steve Coleman on May 10, 2012

Canada's oil and gas industry has identified finding enough skilled labour as its biggest challenge for 2012.

A recent worldwide survey of oil and gas companies in 52 countries says skilled labour shortages continue to be a problem, despite the fact the industry has done most things right.

On the plus side, the survey by Hays Oil & Gas and jobsite Oil and Gas Job Search says Canada pays the fifth-highest domestic salary and the 17th highest salary to imported workers.

Canadian companies do the best job of recruiting women. They make up 12.2 per cent of the workforce. Worldwide, the number is closer to 7.8 per cent.

Canadian oil and gas companies also expect staffing levels will increase by more than 10 per cent in 2012 with 47 per cent of those predicting staff levels will increase 5-10 per cent this year.

While Canadian firms are looking to bring in more workers to do jobs at home, more Canadian citizens are leaving home for opportunities overseas. The country lost 3.2 per cent to the US in 2009, while 26.6 per cent worked in other international markets. The survey said the numbers increased to 4.9 per cent and 32.7 per cent, respectively, in 2011.

Canadian companies have also had a more difficult time recruiting foreign workers. The number of foreign nationals in the oil patch workforce is roughly 36.5 per cent, six per cent lower than the global average.

The country's aging workforce poses another problem, the study re-iterated. One-third of Canadian oil and gas workers are between 50 and 59 years old and zooming into retirement age.

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