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New survey aims to study impact of automation on oil and gas sector employees

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The second annual survey from the Global Energy Talent Index is now taking responses, aiming to “take a deep dive into the rise of automated technology and its potential impact on the future of energy workplaces.”

Carried out by Airswift and Energy Jobline, the new survey is designed to uncover new insights into the changing nature of the energy workforce in the oil and gas sector.

“The global energy industry is going through a period of profound transformation – and not just with the transition to sustainable sources,” explained Hannah Peet, managing director at Energy Jobline.

“As the potential of digital technologies like big data and automation is realised, it’s becoming increasingly important for energy companies to attract and retain a different kind of workforce. We’re undertaking this survey to help our clients understand how.”

This year’s survey aims to answer three key questions:

  1. What are the biggest perceived changes facing the workforce in the coming years?
  2. What key factors are driving those changes?
  3. What should the energy industry be doing to address these?

Last year’s report by Airswift and Energy Jobline, featured insights from more than 16,000 energy professionals and hiring managers in 156 countries across industry subsectors including oil and gas, renewables and petrochemicals.

GETI 2017 took a detailed look at talent trends within the energy industry, including information on hiring rates over the past year and into the next 18 months, global mobility and predicted regional “energy hotspots”, as well as the flow of talent between sectors.

Intriguingly, the survey unearthed a significant difference in expectations between hiring managers and candidates, with candidates proving by far the more optimistic. For instance, over half of employees in the energy sector expected a pay increase in the next 18 months, compared with just 23% of those hiring.

“We’ve had fantastic feedback on the value of the first GETI report, with a number of our clients telling us that the insights we uncovered have helped them to make critical resourcing decisions with more confidence,” said Janette Marx, CEO at Airswift.

“We’re delighted to have received such a positive response and want to go one step further with this year’s research.”

Airswift is a global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, while Energy Jobline is a major recruitment site for the energy and engineering sectors.