The Skills Gap and How to Manage It

Where is the oil & gas skills gap? In our 2016 Industry survey we asked for views on the skills needed for success in oil and gas.  As well as collecting your responses, we looked over a series of industry reports on the skills gap and other HR issues in oil and gas, several pre-dating the oil price collapse.  Read our full  paper here

Three themes consistently crop up:

  • There’s a perceived lack of leadership skills, an issue first identified nearly 10 years ago but still looming large
  • The Great Crew Change, also identified years ago, brings with it generational clashes as Millennials enter leadership positions
  • Innovation is essential. There’s a risk to the industry with a lack of technology and digital expertise in particular, and an unwillingness to change

Oil and Gas featuredAs well as our own survey, we have looked at reports from experts such as Schlumberger, Bain Consulting, Deloittes, PwC, The Energy Institute, DNV GL, Russell Reynolds and others to develop an overall picture of the issue. Although many of these studies were done before 2014, the 2016 Bloomberg Job Skills survey reiterated the lack of leadership skills in Energy, highlighting it as something that employers need but is hard to find.


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