Skills shortages forecast for UK upstream

A rosy future is predicted for UK exploration and production professionals, but challenges lie ahead for employers when skills shortages emerge, said SMCL, a UK-based specialty consulting firm.An analysis of 10 years of data revealed the following changes to the UK upstream oil and gas industry employee population:The average age of the population had increased to 41 in 2003 from 36 in 1994.The overall proportion of employees under the age of 30 had dropped to 14% in 2003 compared with 27% in 1994. Professional level staff under the age of 30 was 10% in 2003 compared with 20% in 1994. In 1994, professionals accounted for 55% of the survey population while managers accounted for 12%, and s...

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