Support and Advice

Take advantage of our in-depth industry expertise and established working relationships with some of the world’s leading oil, gas and energy companies to assist you in your next career move. In an industry where skilled and experienced professionals are an increasingly sought after resource, we appreciate the true value of what you have to offer.

Active across six continents, Petroplan connects our registered candidates with a wide range of exciting opportunities around the globe, spanning onshore and offshore projects – conventional and unconventional – within a variety of owner/operator, consultancy and EPC companies.

Our recruitment consultants receive detailed industry training when they join Petroplan – so our services are based on sound technical knowledge.  We understand the industry terminology and will take the time to evaluate your particular strengths and establish what you need from your next role.


Permanent or Contract Work?

If you’re new to the industry or considering a change of direction, you may be weighing up the benefits of contract versus permanent work.  Your choice should be based on the option that best supports your lifestyle choices and career priorities and whilst there will be many factors influencing such a decision that are specific to your particular situation, some key considerations are highlighted below.



A permanent role may be your preferred option if you don’t have a great deal of flexibility around your work location and your ability to accept shorter-term assignments.  The realisation of strategic long-term career goals is sometimes more readily achievable in the course of progressing through an organisation on a permanent basis and it may be that more competitive benefits are on offer, such as paid holiday time and company-funded training.

We have a specialist recruitment team at Petroplan dedicated to permanent placement and a key element of our methodology is not just ensuring you have a good grasp of the technical requirements of a particular role, but also affording you a fundamental understanding of the client’s corporate culture so that you can make an informed decision about whether your particular experience and work ethic match the role and the company.   We appreciate that taking up a permanent role is an important commitment in anyone’s life and we take every opportunity to ensure a good organisational fit that will lead to a successful and lasting working relationship.

Our effectiveness in this regard is largely due to the fact that during our nearly forty years of operation we have established long-standing business relationships (and in many instances preferred supplier status) with some of the world’s leading oil, gas and energy companies, allowing us a significant level of insight into their preferred working practices and requirements.  These trusted working partnerships and our established placement track record will often result in Petroplan being the client’s first points of contact when briefing in a new assignment, giving our registered candidates access to sought after opportunities that may not be advertised elsewhere.



Individuals working on a contract basis can often earn higher rates of pay.  This usually reflects the flexible working relationship required by the client, and the fixed-term nature of the assignment.   Depending on a candidate’s career stage, personal circumstances and career objectives, this level of work flexibility may be an advantage.  Contract work presents the opportunity to develop a wide set of skills and to gain invaluable experience working across a range of projects, within a variety of different organisations and locations. 

Depending on client requirements, Petroplan’s contractors usually benefit from our Contractor Management Services; a comprehensive assistance package designed to take care of every logistical aspect of the assignment and allow the contractor to focus on their work without any administrative or logistical distractions.  Aspects of the service will typically include assistance with visa and work permit applications, co-ordination of pre-assignment medicals and inoculations, client policy counselling and travel arrangements. 

Contractor safety is a key priority at Petroplan; 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 that include any relevant evacuation procedures, insurance, medivac and security briefings, assistance with selecting the most suitable and secure local accommodation and help with any maintenance issues, as well as access to a 24-hour emergency support network.  Contractors are issued with regular reminders about vaccination boosters, medical checks and training updates where necessary.

We have an unblemished record of contractor safety and our highly personalised approach to contractor management means our team knows the exact location of each and every one of our contractors at all times, and is focused on maintaining regular contact with them.

Petroplan has an unrivalled reputation for rapidly administering multi-currency domestic and international payrolls; with payment by BACS or international transfer usually processed within 7 days (except where local laws dictate otherwise).  Contractors are able to submit their monthly time and expense claim forms by email, fax or post (subject to their contractual terms) and have unlimited access to our experienced accounts professionals who make it a priority to resolve any payment or tax issues quickly and efficiently.

Many contractors have spent the majority of their career working via Petroplan due to the exceptional level of attention they receive from our Contractor Management Specialists before, during and after an assignment.