Oil, Gas & Energy Recruitment Specialists

Why we are energy talent explorers

All industries evolve, and the oil, gas and energy sector is no exception. This market is a challenging one whether you are an employer looking for talent to deliver on your business objectives or as an employee or contractor working in unfamiliar environments away from home. We define ourselves as ‘energy talent explorers’, because as recruitment professionals, we are constantly adapting to the changing oil, gas and energy landscape too. From engineers to commercial talent, our strengths lie in sourcing and placing quality candidates, no matter how hard they are to find.

Every opportunity for oil and gas exploration brings fresh challenges – and although many recruiters work in this sector – very few know the industry like Petroplan. We understand the intricacies of each discipline and support candidates to prepare for their assignments both from a practical perspective with regard to pay, visas and accommodation as well as on a personal level, keeping in touch with people on location.

So whether you’re exploring new territories in your career as the market demands or seeking out talent to join in the need to explore into new markets and skill sets. Petroplan are a safe partner on your journey.

So how can you be sure we live up to our ethos of being the ‘Energy Talent Explorers’

We explore further…

With a long heritage in the industry, we bring nearly 40 years’ experience in sourcing professionals for roles in exploration and development projects. Our specialist knowledge makes us experts at what we do.

Our mission is to explore further, seeking the very best opportunities for the very best talent. We have a strong global network, backed with in-depth local insight, and solid relationships. For candidates, this means a personalised service and the knowledge we’ll support them throughout their career. For employers, it means quality candidates, every time – and a significantly reduced hiring period.

We think bigger…

We are more than just a recruitment specialist; we are an expert and trusted career partner with unparalleled experience in contract recruitment, contractor management, permanent recruitment, and payrolling.

With local offices in the world’s major oil and gas hubs: Aberdeen, Calgary, Cape Town, Dubai and Houston, and at recruitment ‘centres of excellence’ in Guildford and London, we bring both scale and insight to the global oil, gas, and energy industry.

We understand more…

Finding an outstanding candidate for a long-term career with a new employer or project doesn’t happen by chance. It takes specialist knowledge and skill to understand the intricacies of each discipline for which we recruit.

Ensuring every contractor is safe, paid promptly, and has all they need to focus on their work, requires ongoing personal attention. At Petroplan, we have always offered each client and candidate expert knowledge and an unparalleled level of service, and we regularly receive outstanding feedback from the people we work with.

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The sustained low oil price has had an undeniable impact on recruitment within the global oil and gas sector. To date, several major operators and service companies have announced hiring freezes, redundancies and rate cuts.

However, there are still opportunities if you know where to look. A recent survey found that nearly 30% of global employers in oil and gas are experiencing talent shortages, despite parts of their business making redundancies in certain roles.

Indeed, in the UK alone, Oil & Gas UK estimates that 12,000 new recruits will be needed over the next five years as existing workers leave or retire from the industry. Regionally, Petroplan is seeing the most demand in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, particularly for engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, commissioning and inspection. We’re also experiencing a steady demand for HSE and supply chain-related roles. Even the heavily hit areas, such as subsurface, wells and drilling, are improving and we have seen a rise in demand for these positions over the last month.

As a result of regional demand, we are seeing a change in the flexibility of candidates and a shift in attitudes towards global mobility – candidates that were previously reluctant to travel to remote locations are now more willing to consider it as an option.

At Petroplan, we have also experienced an increase in demand for permanent placements over the last six months. At the same time, many contractors are taking on permanent roles because of the enhanced job security on offer.

Due to the cyclical nature of the industry, companies must adopt a strategic approach to recruitment if they are to have the appropriate resources in place when oil prices recover. Firms taking a long-term view will use this opportunity to acquire businesses, assets, and highly skilled professionals.
Talented candidates with specialist skills are always in high demand, even during an economic downturn. Whilst there may be fewer jobs in previously popular sections of the industry, and companies may take longer to recruit, certain areas of the market remain candidate driven.

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