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Fill the gap
28/02/2011 | Channel:
Equipment, Manufacturing, Human Resources
The UK needs to be ready to meet the 12,000 shortfall in oil and gas contractors or miss a golden opportunity to grow its regional economies in key areas such as Aberdeen, says accountancy and support services company, Brookson Limited.
OPITO, which develops skills in the oil and gas workforce, recently projected growth in the engineering sector for the next three years and estimated that there were 12,000 contractors needed in the sector from the Aberdeen region and across the UK. Indeed, recent research from the University of Aberdeen indicated that the UK has the potential to open 17 new offshore fields a year, meaning contractors would certainly benefit from this opportunity.
Martin Hesketh, managing director of Brookson, said: “Aberdeen is one of the UK’s engineering contractor capitals because of the oil and gas industry but businesses in the sector need to prepare now to seize the opportunities available in 2011 and beyond.
“The opportunity for the engineering contractor market in Aberdeen and across the UK is for end suppliers and recruiters to take the necessary steps to ensure that the 12,000 contractors needed over the next three years are found from the UK to avoid the work going abroad.”