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Technology is changing the employment landscape in Canada’s oil patch

Posted May 14, 2019 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning, Labour News

Every day technology impacts how we live, play and work. From the office to the field to the customer, technology is helping oil and gas companies operate more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.

In many cases, technology assists with the work that employees already do. For example, data analytics is being used to inform production, drilling and business decisions. In some cases, technologies may change or even remove certain tasks – frequently technology is used to eliminate routine, repetitive behaviours – making workers safer.

In the field, companies are us... Continue reading

Orphan wells

Posted May 1, 2019 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning, Labour News

A win/win opportunity for workers and the Orphan Well Association

Alberta’s plan to clean up approximately 700 orphan wells over three years is a welcome source for additional jobs in the province.

The Orphan Well Association (OWA) was created to safely shutdown abandoned oil and gas wells, pipelines and production facilities, then restore the land as close to its original state as possible. While funding for the OWA comes from an annual levy paid by the oil and gas industry, in 2018, the Government of Alberta loaned $235 million to the OWA, addi... Continue reading

Uncertainty for Canada’s oil and gas workforce will continue with market access constraints

Posted April 8, 2019 by Blog AdministratorLabour Market Information, Labour News, PetroLMI 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 over the five-year period, according to a new report released today.

The oil and gas industry saw the labour market flatten following the 2014-2016 commodity price collapse with direct employment ending 2018 at about 185,800, down slightly from the 186,300 workers at the end of 2016. In 2019, about 12,500 jobs are at risk due to several factors, including low commodity prices, a decline in capital spending and u... Continue reading

Employer survey findings

Posted January 8, 2019 by Blog AdministratorLabour Market Information, Labour News

Towards the end of 2018 we surveyed a small sampling of 13 oil and gas companies representing approximately 16,000 workers across the oil sands, services and pipeline sub-sectors to determine their plans for this year.

PetroLMI discovered a couple interesting tidbits through the survey. The first came as a surprise: 75% of those surveyed indicated they were hiring or would be hiring in 2019. Only 8% indicated they’d be reducing their workforce levels. Reasons for hiring included growth, expansion or increased activity (90%), replacements due to turnover (56%), replacements due to r... Continue reading