Workforce Report 2019


The central North Sea remains the area of greatest activity, with 49% of total offshore employment

Changes to the tax legislation known as IR35 on arrangements for the self- employed are likely to be the biggest challenge for mid- size and large companies in the coming year

The average age of both core and non-core workers increased marginally in 2018

Capital investment is expected to stabilise in 2019 at around £5–5.5 billion

OPITO forecasts suggest delivery of Vision 2035 and diversification of oil and gas companies into broader energy activities will support around 155,000 jobs in 2025.

15% of the workforce is aged below 30, a decrease on 2017

The industry’s average gender pay gap fell slightly to 24.3% but remains above the 2018 national average of 17.9%

Diversification in the energy sector will present new challenges and opportunities which must be met by up- and re-skilling the workforce, as well as supporting STEM skills development in schools

Women represented just over 3% of the offshore workforce in 2018


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