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More Hi-Tech Skills Needed for Energy Jobs Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 29, 2014, 10:10 PM

Oil & Gas companies must do a better job of training their employees to handle hi-tech equipment. Opening up more energy tech training trade schools and courses could be the wave of the future, since these jobs are really needed and offer high pay as well.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Hiring in the oil and gas industry rose globally in the first quarter of 2014, led by Africa, Russia and North America, according to the Hays Oil & Gas Job Index. However, the report came with a caveat: A shortage of key skills in the general workforce continues to threaten the industry’s growth, as new projects and business investments demand higher headcounts."

John Faraguna, global managing director of Hays Oil, is quoted as saying that, “Investment in businesses and new technologies to support enhanced oil recovery is driving new projects. As a result, optimism is high and we expect to see further growth in 2014. However employers may struggle to find the talent needed and be forced to fight it out with other companies for these sought after profiles.”

According to the Houston Chronicle, "The quarterly job index is based on the number of open positions posted on nine oil and gas job portals worldwide. Hays did not report those job counts, but folded them into a single index number that was set at 1 in October 2010 and rose to 1.65 in the first quarter of 2014."

If many new recruits to oil & gas sector are not experts in their field, this could be opportunities for tech trainers to cash in.

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