Global staffing challenge

Ms. Judah's comments regarding the desirability of replacing US oil and gas technical staffs with foreign nationals strike me as ironic (OGJ, Sept. 23, 2002, p. 18).The US oil majors had several opportunities to retain the finest oil and gas engineers and scientists in the world during their merger mania of the 1980s and 1990s. Did they do this? No, they dismissed technical personnel that were near the top of their earnings peak.Her perception of everyone in the halls being in their 40s—and the industry survey claiming the median age of technical staff as being 48 years old—is meaningless. The weighted average, or mean, is a more meaningful figure, although it also has fla...

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