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Oil & Gas

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Western Australia:

Instrumentation Technicians – These professionals are in demand as several major projects in Western Australia are now in construction phase.

Cost Engineers – As costs remain the focus of employers across the state, we have seen a rise in demand for Cost Engineers. Companies are looking for candidates who can work in a reporting role as well as analyse cost trends and identify potential problem areas before they occur.

Onshore and Offshore Welders – The need to ensure the ongoing reliability and maintenance of oil and gas projects has created demand for welders both onshore and offshore.

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

Queensland:

Petroleum Engineers – Engineers with coal bed methane or tight gas experience are highly sought due to new tenements being explored with low permeability reserves.

Commissioning Engineers – These professionals are needed to complete infrastructure works and activate them.

Shutdown Specialists - Planners and Coordinators for new infrastructure are in demand in Gladstone and the Surat Basin.

Victoria:

Project Engineers Gas Pipeline – The Victorian Government has made some investment in both upgrading current distribution assets as well as extending the network to regional towns. Thus there is a requirement for these skills with most civil gas contractors.

Gas Pipeline Workers – Again due to the activity in this space, contractors are seeking tradespeople with gas pipeline experience.

Construction Supervisors – There are some large construction projects occurring in regional Victoria but a shortage of Supervisors who can manage multidisciplinary construction.

Trends

While there have been a number of white collar redundancies at some major companies, demand for Trades & Labour skills is picking up in Western Australia due to ongoing construction.
 

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