Oil and Gas Recruitment in Iraq

Petroplan has been delivering oil and gas recruitment in Iraq since 2009, so our experience in pre-employment, on boarding and in country procedures is extensive. We’ve supported 200 expats and nationals in Iraq for our global super major client; placements include project management, discipline engineers, logistics, security specialists and a wide range of non-technical support.

Not only do we have a fully registered Iraqi entity – as part of our strategic growth plan we also opened an office in Dubai, which plays a pivotal role in supporting our business in Iraq. Petroplan has established trusted relationships with in country partners who speak the local language and understand our business and the needs of our clients. These strategic alliances facilitate our effective communication with Iraqi nationals as required. After nearly 10 years of managing contractors in Iraq, Petroplan is fully conversant with the applicable legislation. This includes employment and taxation legislation allowing us to compliantly calculate and pay the relevant taxes for both expatriate and national contractors.

Our Iraq Services

To manage our company-wide Health, Safety, Environment, Quality and Social Responsibility (HSEQ & SR) activities, Petroplan operates an integrated management system based on oil and gas industry accepted “plan – do – review – improve” methodology. This goes beyond the standard requirement for oil and gas recruitment companies, so our clients can be assured of our commitment to contractor safety.

Petroplan’s HSE Manager is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who has extensive operational, project and HSE management experience in the oil and gas industry. Therefore our clients benefit from an exceptional level of HSE expertise within our business. In Canada our HSE Manager has worked with a client in producing an EHS plan that is bespoke to the project requirements.

In providing oil and gas recruitment in Iraq,  security is a key concern, and here Petroplan adds value too. For example our HSE Manager recently completed a risk assessment for our super major client in Algeria, which reduced risk and unnecessary down time. The client’s Security Manager commented that it was good to work with someone in an agency who understood site operations. Petroplan also distributes client-issued security bulletins to our contractors as soon as they are released. We also supply contractors with full contact details for our insurance providers, Medivac and Petroplan’s 24-hour emergency contact network.

For medium- and high-risk contracts Petroplan issues contractors with detailed Pre-Assignment Guidelines to brief them on health and safety requirements at the client’s worksite. This typically includes the client’s own HSE policies and Code of Business Conduct policies. It also covers any procedural requirements such as worksite access protocols, facial hair policies, etc.

Petroplan incorporates client guidelines with our own procedures, to develop clear work practices for the employee.  These work practices form the basis for a pre-assignment briefing that is delivered by Petroplan to the contractor.

The pre-assignment briefing depends on the assessed contract risk elements (e.g. an office location versus operational sites in a hostile environment). We also consider the contractor’s previous experience in a particular location and the expectations of our client, so that the contractor receives just the right level of detail.

In line with Petroplan’s Corporate ER Plan, each contractor has a single focal point at Petroplan with whom to liaise in an emergency. They also liaise with the contractor’s family in the event of an emergency.

The ER team is made up of ER-trained Petroplan personnel (with a Petroplan Director on every rotation) – and is on call 24/7. We hold passport numbers for all contractors so we can actively support our clients where an evacuation may be required.

Our incident room contains information about Petroplan’s global in-country activities to enable a prompt and effective ER response.  We store these documents securely so that they are utilized only in an emergency:

Corporate ER Plans – 2 copies
Copies of Petroplan Contracts for all Clients
Fast Facts and Contract Inventory
Telephone Directory – including call out list
Training & Skills Verification (TSV)

Petroplan operates a formal TSV programme to ensure contractors on high- and medium-risk contracts are appropriately trained.  Before a contractor is placed on a worksite, the client and Petroplan agree a joint responsibility matrix. This sets out what training and skills are required and who has responsibility for providing and managing the training.

We use two matrices to manage the training and skills verification process for Field Resources placed within a client’s organisation.  One covers the training requirements for all roles supplied and the other covers all named Petroplan contractors. We use this one to manage individual training requirements; including follow ups and reminders about certificate expiry dates.

Petroplan is leading the oil and gas recruitment market in promoting contractor mental health and wellbeing. As career advisers to candidates; we support the need for awareness of contractor mental well being. This is particularly important as the industry usually focuses HSE on physical safety only.

For more on this please see the articles we have published on our website to raise awareness.


Case Studies

Compliant onboarding of contractors in North Africa

compliant onboarding of contractors

Tailored mobilisation for contractors in harsh environments

contractors working away from home

Exceptional contractor management services in AGT & Caspian Sea

exceptional contractor management

Consistently delivering excellence at a global level

Global Major Oil Operator

Our Recruitment Process

Petroplans Recruitment Process

Gain a thorough understanding of the job role, client and desired candidate via Account Manager.

Find the candidate through Petroplan’s relationship based approach to talent attraction

Screen applicants through phone, face-to-face or skype to create the prospect list.

Qualify prospected candidates with references taken and qualifications verified

Provide shortlist of candidates to client and obtain feedback while discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each

Confirm, arrange and conduct interviews and offer management until final acceptance.


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