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Survey finds 89% proud to work in offshore oil & gas sector

Posted on 25 April 2011

Despite a recognition that offshore work will become more challenging, 89% of offshore oil and gas workers say they are proud to work in this industry, according to a survey conducted this month by NES Global, which provides jobs and recruitment services for industries such as oil and gas.

The results show that 54% of those surveyed believe that work in the oil and gas sector will get tougher due to world events, and 89% say they’re proud to be in the oil and gas industry while 65% say they would recommend the job to a friend. The survey was completed by 300 oil and gas engineers working in the offshore industry across 39 countries. The respondents had 20-plus years of industry experience with a variety of positions from project managers to process engineers.

“There is a general misunderstanding among many outside the industry about what working life is really like offshore,” said Neil Tregarthen, NES Global CEO.  “We found our workers are satisfied with their lifestyle and working conditions. As increasingly more people around the world are desperate to find work, it is important they understand that a career offshore can be hugely rewarding.”

Reasons that respondents cited for why they enjoy working in the offshore oil and gas industry ranged from a good salary to free time on leave. Other pluses included quality of offshore accommodations and food and entertainment. The majority of workers said their least favorite aspect was missing family and loved ones, as well as the helicopter ride to the installation. However, many noted positively on the “camaraderie” they felt toward coworkers while offshore.

Offshore work slightly edged out onshore as a preferred deployment, with Asia as the most appealing destination to work offshore, according to the survey.

The Oil and Gas Satisfaction survey report can be found here.

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