Modest recovery in the oil sands

Posted January 18, 2017 by Blog AdministratorLabour Market Information, Labour News, PetroLMI News

The past two years were among the most difficult for Canada’s oil sands sector. Low oil prices, cost-cutting and restructuring resulted in a loss of approximately 2,400 direct jobs and thousands more indirect jobs. Added to all of that, was the Fort McMurray wildfires, which brought many operations to a temporary standstill.

With the worst of the downturn thought to be over, the oil and gas industry is cautiously optimistic. A modest recovery of about 3,450 net new jobs in oil sands construction, maintenance and operations is expected by 2020.

graphOver the next four years oil sands companies are expected to shift their spending from expansion and growth to the maintenance, repair and optimization of their oil sands operations. The construction workforce is expected to contract by over 6,500 jobs as current construction projects come to an end and there are no new major oil sands projects on the horizon. At the same time, there will be approximately 6,350 new jobs to maintain the plants and facilities and other equipment and with oil sands production expected to grow, 3,600 new jobs to support company operations.

In addition to the workers required for industry activity, there may be more required due to age-related attrition — retirements. In oil sands operations, where jobs are typically permanent and the workforce is older, that is especially true. Assuming workers who are eligible proceed with their retirements, an additional 3,200 openings will need to be filled.

In total, therefore, there is an expected need for an additional 6,650 workers within oil sands construction, maintenance and operations over the next four years. For detailed projections on oil sands employment and hiring requirements, see the Oil Sands Labour Demand Outlook to 2020 Update.

Calling all Oil + Gas Experienced Workers!

Posted January 13, 2017 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning

You’ve probably noticed – we’re expanding our Careers in Oil and Gas online tool which has become a leading career planning tool for the Canadian energy sector. With positive momentum in the oil and gas sector, interest in the varied direct and applied qualifications for a wide variety of roles will continue to grow amongst job seekers and recruiters. As part of this initiative, we urgently require oil and gas professionals to contribute their expertise to validate the technical and professional requirements of a number of occupations. Continue Reading

Now available: Oil Sands Labour Demand Outlook to 2020 Update

Posted December 14, 2016 by Blog AdministratorLabour Market Information, Labour News, PetroLMI News

Canada’s oil sands sector has experienced sustained cost-cutting, restructuring and deeper than anticipated job cuts in 2016, but a modest recovery of about 3,450 net job growth is projected over the next four years as companies shift their spending from expansion to maintenance, repair and optimization of their operations, according to PetroLMI’s latest labour demand outlook report.

The report, Oil Sands Labour Demand Outlook to 2020 Update, is an update to the February 2016 Labour Demand Outlook to 2020: Oil Sands Construction, Maintenance and Operations and is based on new production, capital expenditure and labour productivity assumptions. Continue Reading

New spotlights are here!

Posted November 4, 2016 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning

Last month, we launched the first phase of our Careers in Oil + Gas online tool. We said we would be adding new resources over the coming weeks and months – and today, we are delivering on that promise! Over the next month, you will see the addition of Occupation Spotlights, downloadable PDFs, for careers in the tool. These spotlights provide a day-in-the-life glance at careers in the oil and gas industry. And, they are print-friendly! Continue Reading