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Oil & Gas

July - September 2014



Western Australia:

Cost Engineers - Operational and project costs are a focal point for employers, which is creating increased demand for highly qualified Cost Engineers to analyse and report on the financial year.


QAQC professionals – In response to multiple shutdowns, QAQC professionals are in high demand but short supply given competition with employers in the construction heavy Northern Territory.


Shutdown Specialists - Planners and Coordinators are in high demand with a number of shutdowns planned in both Western Australia and the Northern Territory.  


Subsea Installation Engineers - With major subsea construction projects soon to commence, demand is high for these professionals.


Subsea Structural Design Engineers – We will also see a small spike in design engineering in line with two major projects, which will create demand for Subsea Structural Design Engineers.



Rotating Equipment Engineers – We are starting to see an increase in demand for Rotating Equipment Engineers with a focus on the service and maintenance of gas compressors.


Pipeline Services Technicians – With pipelines in pre commissioning there is a need for hydrostatic testing and nitrogen purging Technicians. These candidates will also be needed afterwards in maintenance.


Process Safety Engineers – As projects move into operations there are requirements for hazardous area safety specialists to provide technical input into new facilities.



Project Engineers/Managers - There is a continued increase in demand for candidates with strong gas distribution experience in Victoria.


Construction Supervisors - Due to extension projects, highly skilled Construction Supervisors are required.


Sales Engineers – Work is steady across the country and thus employers are recruiting candidates with technical skills and the ability to grow a business.


South Australia

Wire Line Operators – We are seeing a huge shortage of skilled local candidates in this area. There is a lack of training and most suitable candidates are from overseas.


Qualified Drillers – Production Drillers are hard to come by as they require in-house training and there is no other way to gain a ticket.


Pipe Welders – A number of interstate oil and gas construction projects have attracted South Australia’s Pipe Welders, creating a shortage of candidates in the local market.


Well Head Technicians - The lack of local expertise and an increase in demand for new equipment in the Copper Basin to cope with drilling activity has created demand for Well Head Technicians.


Project Managers – There is a shortage of Project Managers with solid oil and gas experience in South Australia. A number of interstate companies are entering the local market and all looking for Managers with a strong relationship with the current asset owner.




Western Australia’s oil & gas market continues to favour contract over permanent recruitment. Employers want to retain headcount flexibility. In addition, some major joint ventures have reached peak construction phases and companies are working hard to reduce costs where possible.


Hiring remains steady in Victoria for highly technical candidates with very specific skill sets. Employers want candidates who match all their technical requirements and are less willing to train an inexperienced candidate into a role.  


South Australia’s oil & gas industry remains active with both permanent and contract roles. The state is experiencing a huge shortage of quality candidates, and most current candidates have come from overseas. Given the shortage of greenfield projects in the pipeline for the next 12 months, recruitment will focus on operations and maintenance. Blue collar jobs will increase while technical roles will remain stable.


In Queensland, contracts are starting to be released on brownfield work on facilities while phase two of an upstream coal seam gas project will lead to an increase in activity over the quarter.

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