GLOBAL OIL & GAS SALARY GUIDE 2013
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Foreign workers dominate labour supply throughout what continues to be a very buoyant Middle East oil and gas sector. In this third episode in the Salary Guide series, I will explore what recruitment solutions Hays is offering to employers to attract so many highly skilled expat workers to the Middle East. Market conditions in the Middle East continue to be positive, and look likely to remain so throughout A host of new infrastructure and downstream projects, coupled with aggressive strategies to exploit hard-to-access oil and gas reserves, is generating thousands of job opportunities across the supply chain.
These are in areas such as geoscience, drilling engineering and process engineering. To tap into the right international talent at the oil and gas futures dubai salaries required, Hays is providing specialist consultants to work on-site with employers, the only recruiter to be delivering this level of service in the region.
As a result, the labour to fulfil demand is likely to continue coming from outside the region. Hays is ideally positioned to deliver sourcing solutions, with its network of offices and unique global oil and gas database of candidates. Projects requiring large amounts of oil and gas futures dubai salaries skilled white collar and blue collar labour fall into three areas.
Upstream, operators have acknowledged that the days of easy oil in the region are numbered. There has been a renewed focus on smaller fields, harder to access and unconventional resources, as well as resources like sour gas.
This has led to an increase in demand for geoscience skills, most notably subsurface characterisation, and drilling engineers. Downstream we are seeing a focus on petrochemical and processing plants. Several major projects are ramping up in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar. The operators typically require several hundreds of skilled process engineering workers for each project.
This is mirrored by major infrastructure projects, where the focus is on sourcing candidates for engineering, procurement and construction EPC contractors. Our consultants are embedded on-site with employers oil and gas futures dubai salaries their facilities working on these major projects and hiring hundreds of candidates.
It makes sense for our teams to engage with the employer and to become intimate with their systems and knowledge. This is an accelerating trend in the Middle East and we are the only recruiter to be adopting such strategies.
We also have teams that are dedicated solely to managing local talent. What is interesting is that most local talent works in areas such as finance, human resources and marketing; there are not many in technical roles. This is despite government programmes designed to encourage workers into the oil and gas industry, and specific company initiatives to recruit at entry level.
There are simply not enough candidates to fill the vacancies on government and company run schemes. This can be particularly challenging when those few candidates also have the choice of many other similar schemes in other industries, and within the government administrations themselves. As a result, the Middle East has traditionally been a huge consumer of expat oil and gas and construction workers from outside the region, and this is unlikely to change.
Nor are the low, or no, tax salaries paid to expat workers for Middle Eastern jobs and contract assignments. Employers in the region focus on specific candidate qualifications. They want people to have both degrees and relevant oil and gas experience. Ensuring candidates have both the experience and the qualifications is an important element of the service our consultants deliver, particularly when based on-site with the employer.
Are you having hiring challenges in the Middle East? Are you importing workers from outside the region to fill skills shortages? What strategies do you find attract the best local candidates for your roles?
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