Workforce Report 2019


orce Report 2019 d Figures

259,900 jobs

4. Offshore Workforce Profile

Offshore employment stabilised Total employment is expected to increase in 2019

The industry supports around

In Summary T he figures for 2018 showawelcome stabilisation in the number of workers going offshore. This improvement reflects the more positive activity and investment outlook in the sector. As touched on in last year’s report, figures are back in line with the employment trend prior to the exceptional spike in investment and activity in 2014, which represented a period of peak employment. Almost 80 per cent of those travelling offshore work for supply chain companies as opposed to operating companies — a figure which is consistent with recent years, but which could change over time as new E&P entrants come into the basin if they rely on duty holders to operate assets. In a reversal of trends seen in recent years, the west of Shetland region has seen a drop of more than 2,000 people after several years of growth. This can be explained by the completion of several large developments in the area, such as Clair Ridge and Quad 204. On the other hand, an improvement in drilling activity has resulted in a significant increase of 18 per cent amongst drilling personnel. Buoyed by increased production from new developments, the overall barrels-per-worker metric has increased by 5 per cent. With production expected to remain strong in 2019, it is anticipated that the number of offshore workers will remain steady. The data show that the offshore workforce comes from throughout the UK and beyond, with impending Brexit appearing to have little, if any, effect to date on the number of EU workers travelling offshore (which actually increased by 5 per cent). A similar number of workers came from non-EU countries. Offshore employment stabilised The industry supports around 259,900 jobs

259,900 jobs

for the first time since 2014

Offshore employment stabilised Total employment is expected to incr ase in 2019

Increasing focus on pay transparency £ 80% of offshore jobs are in supply chain 39% of jobs based in Scotland

f r the first time since 2014

Increasing focus on pay tra spar ncy £ 80% of offshore jobs are in supply chain

Changes to the IR35 legislation will have significant impact 7%

of the offshore workforce from other EU countries


Increasing focus on

Changes to the IR35


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