Battle of the sexes – EnergyGlobal

n line with the international jobs board’s attendance at the Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy & Technology, the latest statistics from OilCareers.com suggest that registered female candidates have risen by almost 10% over the last year, as the skills gap widens and salaries increase.

A survey titled ‘The Global Oil & Gas Workforce Survey: Expectations for hires and pay rates in the oil and gas industry (H2) 2013’, shows that salaries are expected to rise by over 60% in 2013. Hiring trends are also predicted to increase by more than 40%, suggesting that now is a prime time to enter the oil and gas industry.

This has coincided with an increase in the number of women entering the sector, with OilCareers.com seeing a rise in the number of female candidates seeking administration, commercial, financial, legal, engineering, HR, personnel, training, management, sales and marketing roles.

All regions within the global energy sector are facing the same competition to attract the best talent which is why we see a continued increase in predicted salaries across the board. In line with this need for expertise, it is fantastic to see a rise in registered female candidates on OilCareers.com, bringing vital skills into the industry at a time where they have never been more in demand. Another positive trend is that the biggest number of registered female candidates falls in the age group of 23-32 years old, showing that young women are choosing to seek employment in the oil and gas sector – OilCareers.com managing director Mark Guest

While these are all positive developments for the sector, there is still a long way to go. Currently, just over 20% of women are registering for traditionally male dominated roles including diving, drilling and engineering.

This highlights the need for employers and industry bodies to continue to showcase the immense level of opportunity within the sector to the female population – Mark Guest

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

Published on 29/10/2013

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