Employers and employees "on parity" with digital technology
The adoption of automation and digital technologies is one of the primary areas where employers and employees are "on the same page", according to the Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) Report 2021.
The fifth annual GETI report from Airswift and Energy Jobline surveyed 16,000 energy professionals and hiring managers in 166 countries across five industry sub-sectors.
In the digital sphere, it found "measures respondents want and oil and gas companies are taking" to be the same, at 37 percent, while petrochemical (37 percent against 41 percent), power (44 and 45 percent) and renewable companies (42 and 43 percent) are slightly exceeding expectations. Only in nuclear (38 percent and 33 percent ) did staff feel firms are lagging behind.
The biggest threat of all remains a looming talent crisis, the report warns.
"No sector is immune, and there are plenty of red flags around the entire energy industry’s ability to build a pipeline of qualified young people willing to join and remain in the industry. As much as the workforce has embraced technology, it believes that securing the right people is the most important way to build resilience into the business. To that end, current employees want more training and mentorship."
While the oil and gas industry has been "fighting a war on two fronts" in the form of falling prices and the pandemic, there remains "discernible optimism" among its highly mobile workforce. Up to 89 percent questioned would be prepared to relocate for work, with most citing career progression opportunities (42 percent).
"Advances in the past 12 months alone show the sector is continuing to innovate, so it’s not surprising that so many respondents believe the biggest opportunities come from advances in engineering techniques and technologies, or digitally enabled skills and competencies," it adds.
Hiring managers should take the following actions, the report advises.
Communicate and clarify
Look at training, mentoring and retention programmes and ensure that they are readily accessible, well understood and focused on meeting employee needs and ambitions. That may also require putting together a robust defence of training staff during a downturn to prevent a repeat of previous talent-draining episodes.
Step up on STEM
Ensure that employment brands include a renewed focus on the use of innovative engineering techniques, smart digital technologies and the pivot to the energy transition. These are all appealing to the young people, graduates and apprentices with STEM qualifications that all sectors need to attract and retain.
Focus on flexibility
Some employees will be delighted to return to normal working days. Some will not. Remote working is set to accelerate, and hybrid teams are likely to be the way forward. Hiring managers will need to work with team leaders to ensure that everyone is engaged, supported, and motivated regardless of how they choose.
Global Offshore rebrands Enelift and invests in global hubs
Global Offshore has rebranded Enelift and will invest "a seven-figure sum" in establishing new support hubs in Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Perth and the Caspian during the next six months.
The investment will cover oil, gas and renewables, mainly concentrating on manufacturing capability with associated R&D, as well as in stock held in the hubs.
The company’s flagship Hinge Lok technology provides aluminium, non-welded light weight transportation cradle for casing and tubing. Enelift now plans to enhance its offering by augmenting its existing solutions with robotics and remote operational and training technology, which will reduce manpower for handling offshore equipment that is transported and stored using the Hinge Lok system.
Enelift is partnering with "a Japanese robotics company" and the technology will be trialed with "a Norwegian operator on a Norwegian drilling rig", according to a statement.
Operating from its bases in Aberdeen, UK and Esbjerg, Enelift was founded by 35-year industry veteran and Managing Director Paul Brebner 10 years ago to offer the offshore energy industries safe, reliable and efficient storage and transportation of equipment.
The expansion plans are bolstered by the appointment of Jim Clark of the Craigendarroch Group to Chairman, and Adam Maitland to Non-Executive Director. Maitland is the Managing Director of Hutcheon Mearns IF, and brings his wealth of expertise in the field of corporate finance.
Brebner said Enelift may be a new name in the market, but the experience it brings is "industry renowned".
"Our solutions are underpinned by safety that enables inefficiencies and their associated costs to be eradicated – meaning operational personnel can focus doing what they do best, safely. We remain committed to providing the safest storage and transportation solutions for equipment in the sector as we grow our global operations," he said.
Clark said the market is changing and its solutions fully support customers’ economic and safety aspirations.
"We are very well placed to take full advantage of increasing opportunities in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Americas. Safety is our absolute commitment to our customers and our support hubs will facilitate this. Aligning our identity to our entire offering ensures that we will drive our expansion through new products and global support sites across the rest of this year."