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We’ve been hearing a lot in recent times in the maritime recruitment sector about how upbeat the oil industry is and that offshore is holding its own in a depressed environment for the rest of the industry. There is however a certain gloom expressed in GL Noble Denton’s Seismic Shifts about skills shortages in the oil and offshore sector.

While we’ve heard much about the offshore sector luring highly trained professions with promises of high salaries that other sectors of the industry may not be able to meet, skills shortages are now a major barrier to growth, according to GL Noble Denton.

Pekka Paasivaara, executive board member for the GL Group said “As advancing technologies continue to offer renewed opportunities for operators in a variety of locations worldwide, the race is on to secure the best talent from a global pool that is widely considered to be declining.

“These shortages will most acutely affect mature markets such as Europe and the US, although the findings of our research suggest that there is potential for an influx of younger specialists from Asia in the long term, where the uptake of engineering as a career path is significantly higher.”

If you are considering a career move to take advantage of the demand for talent, give us a call; we’ll be able to help.

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