Permanent or Contract Work?

If you are weighing up the benefits of contract versus permanent work your choice should be based on the option that best supports your lifestyle and career priorities.


Whilst there will be many factors influencing your decision that are specific to your particular situation, some key considerations are highlighted below.


A permanent role is generally recommended, especially if you have a lack of flexibility around your work location and shorter-term assignments. 

Realising your long-term career goals

A permanent role can offer a more structured path to realising your strategic long-term career goals. And working directly for a company can give you access to competitive benefits, such as paid holiday time and company-funded training.

Finding the right fit

Our specialist Permanent Recruitment team at Petroplan are experts in finding you the right role in the right company. 

We appreciate that taking up a permanent role is an important commitment in anyone’s life. We ensure you not only have a good grasp of the technical requirements of a particular role, but also your likely fit within a company’s culture.

We know that this is a crucial aspect of ensuring career success for you as an individual – and commercial success for your employer.

Insight through experience

Our effectiveness in finding people not just their next job, but the best job is as a result of our long-standing experience in the Energy industry – since 1976!

Our enduring business relationships (in many instances preferred supplier status) with some of the world’s leading Energy companies mean we have an unrivalled insight into their culture and requirements. 

Exclusive opportunities only from Petroplan

Our proven track record in successful placements means Petroplan is more often than not the client’s first or only choice for recruitment.

Registering with us as a candidate gives you access to sought-after opportunities only available through Petroplan.

To find out more register with us today.


Working on a contract basis can often earn you higher rates of pay.  This usually reflects the flexible working relationship required by the employer and the fixed-term nature of your assignment.

Of course, this decision very much depends upon your career stage, personal circumstances and career objectives. In many cases, this level of work flexibility may be an advantage to you. 

Contract work also presents the opportunity to develop a wide set of skills. You can gain invaluable experience working across a range of projects, within a variety of different organisations and locations.

Comprehensive assistance package for contractors

We enjoy a superb reputation for delivering a high quality service to our contractors, working in a wide range of global locations. Our many years of consistent care and diligent operation has provided strong contractor loyalty for Petroplan.

Working as a contractor through Petroplan means you will benefit from our Contractor Management Services. This is a comprehensive assistance package designed to take care of every administrative and logistical aspect of the assignment.

Our support allows you to focus on your work without any administrative or logistical distractions.  Our service typically includes assistance with visa and work permit applications, co-ordination of pre-assignment medicals, client policy, counselling and travel.

Contractor support

With offices based in major energy hubs across the world, our expert local teams provide outstanding in-country support.

Depending on the work location, this may include airport meet and greet services, regional orientation and face to face inductions. The inductions may include any relevant evacuation procedures, insurance, medivac and security briefings, assistance with selecting the most suitable and secure local accommodation.

We will help with any maintenance issues, as well as access to a 24-hour emergency support network.

Contractor safety

Contractor safety is top priority for Petroplan. We have an unblemished record of contractor safety.

Our teams issue contractors with regular reminders about vaccination boosters, medical checks and training updates where necessary

Our highly personalised approach to contractor management means our team knows the exact location of all our contractors at all times. We focus on maintaining regular contact with them.

Petropay - contractor payment that is second to none

We are extremely well known in the industry for our prompt and accurate administration of multi-currency domestic and international payrolls.

Our cloud-based Contractor Timesheet and Expense Management System, "Petropay", means we can integrate with your payrolling systems and procedures. This significantly enhances payroll accuracy and improves efficiency and productivity.

Petropay allows online submission of monthly or bi-weekly expenses, with automated approval and invoicing processes.

Contracting with Petroplan can be a career itself

Many contractors have spent the majority of their career working through Petroplan. This is testament to the exceptional levels of attention contractors receive from our Contractor Management Specialists before, during and after an assignment.

To find out more register with us today.