In early February, 36 oil and gas companies, representing approximately 79,000 workers from across Canada, were surveyed about their workforce plans, challenges and opportunities for 2017. Interested in hearing what the year holds? Read on!
Some of the most welcoming news is that nearly 70% of companies said they plan to increase or maintain their current staff levels.
Over the next four years, Canada’s oil sands companies are expected to require another 6,650 workers in oil sands construction, maintenance and operations as projects that are currently under construction move into production. While the construction workforce is expected to contract as those expansion projects come to an end, workers currently in oil sands construction may be able to transfer into maintenance jobs. The skills for industrial construction and for maintenance work overlap and allow for transferability and mobility between the two. Occupations that support these maintenan... Continue reading
We recently launched our Careers in Oil and Gas Explorer, a web-based tool that allows those in the oil and gas industry, and those who are considering a career in it, to browse, search, sort and compare occupations. Visitors can also explore the qualifications, skills, training and behaviours required for select careers. Employees can plan advancements or transferability paths through different fields or industry sectors. This project involves two years of research and is truly a one-of-a-kind web tool that provides insight into over 100 different professions.
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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. Continue reading
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 occupat... Continue reading