New report highlights offshore employers’ optimism over jobs

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A new employment survey claims that job prospects for the North Sea could improve next year.

The research by recruitment firms shows that almost 90% of employers surveyed expect staffing levels to rise or remain the same in 2018.

A factor behind the optimism is due to oil prices stabilising above $50.

However, RMT regional organiser Jake Molloy was sceptical about the report’s findings, saying that the industry is still suffering from redundancies.

The survey, by NES Global Talent and, claims to show that in total almost 60% of employers expect to recruit significantly over the next 12 months.

Of those, almost a quarter (23%) of employers expect to increase their workforce by 5%; almost a fifth (19%) expect to increase staffing by between 5 and 10%; and more than a sixth (17%) by more than 10%.

Almost a third (30%) of employers expect staffing levels to remain the same and just 11% of employers expect to further cut jobs.

In total more than 3,000 employers and almost 7,000 workers were surveyed as part of the Oil and Gas Outlook 2017 report.

Trade body Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director Michael Tholen said any signs of confidence should be embraced but warned more would need to be done.

He said: “Sustaining employment in the UK will rely on fresh investment in new activity.”

However, union boss Mr Molloy said: “We’re not seeing anything that would suggest this level of optimism.

“Nothing at all. In fact, quite the reverse. We are seeing redundancies.”