Webinar: 2019 Labour Market Update and Workforce Trends

Posted June 24, 2019 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning, Labour Market Information, Labour News

Canada’s direct oil and gas workforce has become much leaner, shrinking from a peak of about 226,500 jobs in 2014 to forecasted employment of 173,300 in 2019 – a 23% drop. This spring the PetroLMI Division of Energy Safety Canada released two reports, one providing the 2019 employment forecast and one on the attitudes and perceptions of the Canadian labour market on careers in oil and gas.

In this webinar, we share the impacts of market uncertainty on the workforce as well as the long-term opportunities for careers.... Continue reading

2019 industry workforce plans and insights

Posted June 21, 2019 by Blog AdministratorLabour Market Information, Labour News

To gather information on 2019 workforce plans, PetroLMI surveyed 16 oil and gas companies representing over 18,000 workers. Surprisingly, 80% of employers indicated that they were hiring or will be hiring in 2019. With a projected decrease in 2019 industry spending, it is surprising that the top factors driving hiring needs were growth, expansion or increased activity and replacements due to turnover and retirements. Research for the 2019 Labour Market Update indicated that all positions, whether vacated by turnovers or r... Continue reading

One Standard. One Ticket. The Common Safety Orientation.

Posted June 12, 2019 by Blog AdministratorOil & Gas Safety

In late 2018, Energy Safety Canada introduced the Common Safety Orientation (CSO), a single general safety orientation for the Canadian oil and gas industry – an industry-wide standard aimed at improving worker safety. The CSO makes it easier for many of the labour force to move from work site to site and reducing training duplication.

The CSO is available online and incorporates Energy Safety Canada’s 10 Life Saving Rules, which are based on addressing the most at-risk behaviours in the oil and gas industry. A common set of safety rules reduces confusion and educate... Continue reading

New oil and gas infrastructure projects mean construction jobs

Posted May 28, 2019 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning, Labour Market Information, Labour News

Direct employment in the oil and gas industry tends to be concentrated in both Western Canada and Eastern Canada – generally where production occurs. Indirect employment, however, is widespread, as the industry sources goods and services from across Canada. In 2017, Canada’s oil and gas industry spending generated approximately 178,000 direct jobs, and more than 350,000 indirect jobs.

Spending by the oil and gas industry contributes to many construction jobs in Canada. In fact, construction makes up nearly one-third of the indirect jobs created by oil and gas – or 107,000 ... Continue reading

Investment in new natural gas infrastructure will create jobs

Posted May 24, 2019 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning, Labour Market Information, Labour News

We’ve watched the level of natural gas production in Western Canada drop over the past several years. This is due primarily to an increase in shale gas activity in the United States and a lack of market access within and outside of Canada. As it stands, the number of natural gas wells drilled in Canada declined 44% from 2017 to 2018, or from 1,592 wells to 883. Because of this, prices have dropped, as have capital investment, activity and employment levels.

And while these challenges don’t bode well for the natural gas industry or the jobs it creates, there is hope with liquifi... Continue reading