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Oil & Gas

January - March 2015




Western Australia:

Cost Engineers As employers continue to look for cost saving measures and improve efficiency we have seen an increase in demand for Cost Engineers. Capital expansion and brownfields engineering projects have narrow profit margins so organisations are relying on highly qualified professionals to develop strategy and identify gaps to improve performance.


Wireline Engineers/Operators Oilfield services are increasingly in demand nationally as projects move through their different stages of development. With only a handful of organisations in Australia offering these services, the candidate pool is increasingly strained. In particular, companies developing their own specialist equipment are finding it challenging to recruit senior level candidates with the appropriate experience.


Dual Trade Qualified E&I Technicians Candidates who hold a Western Australia grade electrical license and a Certificate IV instrumentation qualification are in high demand as their skills are required for the duration of the project lifecycle. With several major construction projects now underway in the state these candidates are in short supply, both in Western Australia and nationally.


6G Coded Offshore Welders Competition from the east coast means the various construction projects in the West are finding it increasingly difficult to attract these Welders. Highly specialised and integral for construction and maintenance works, these candidates tend to travel nationally and internationally and can attract high rates for their services.


Quality Inspectors Candidates with the CSWIP 3.1 qualification are in high demand as the industry competes for a relatively small pool of candidates. Delays have seen various projects miss key milestones, making workforce planning and candidate availability even more challenging for employers.



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


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. 



Physical Gas Traders Within the Victorian oil & gas market, Physical Market Traders with gas experience are needed as the focus on gas operations continues to increase across the board.


Gas Workers Ranging from general Certificate II or III Field Workers up to Crew Leaders, companies are looking for candidates with operational gas pipeline experience as more insertion/maintenance work is released to contractors.


Designers and Drafters Despite the manufacturing sector experiencing challenging market conditions, oil and gas equipment design houses are still growing and candidates within this market have confidence to move to new roles. This is creating vacancy activity within this space.


Project Engineers and Project Managers Again, in the pipeline specialism, we are seeing requirements for both temporary and permanent Project Engineers/Managers. With an increased workload on the distribution pipelines, the requirements are for either permanent roles or long-term contracts.




Project delays and cost pressures in Western Australia are making hiring and workforce planning increasingly challenging. Contrary to previous years, contract roles are being given definitive end dates and for the most part, these timelines are being adhered to.


The majority of businesses are tendering for operations and maintenance contracts. There are few permanent positions as employers need to prove strong commercial grounds for adding full-time employees to their teams.


There has been a steady flow of permanent roles in Victoria, predominantly from small to medium-sized equipment design and manufacturing organisations. We expect momentum to continue in this area going forwards. 


There is an increasing need for temporary staff with gas pipeline experience as a number of contractors have picked up work. Both white and blue collar candidates are being considered.

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