New research has shown that contractors are more likely to turn to smaller firms in the oil and gas sector.
According to the survey, carried out by Twenty Recruitment, skill shortages found in the oil and gas sector are not so much down to numbers, but rather due to complex and lengthy recruitment processes – especially with larger firms.
Dominic Morris, Director of the Energy Practice at Twenty Recruitment, specialises in recruiting oil and gas engineers; he explained that the smaller operators are much faster than larger companies, therefore ‘winning the war for talent’ – particularly when it comes to contractor roles.
He said, “The contract market is a lot more fluid – contractors have access to half a dozen opportunities covering the length and breadth of the globe – and so the time to hire has to be short.
"These guys are not on the market for very long and it seems that some of the larger operators just don’t understand the nature of the flexible market. There seems to be far too much reliance on the power of the employer brand which just doesn’t cut it with the contract market.
"Organisations have to understand that these professionals will not wait around – they will be under pressure to make a decision as to whether to extend their current contract and so you need to use them or lose them!”
Lisa Keeble is the Managing Director for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies and founder member of AllUmbrellaCompaniesAreEqual.
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