Ernst & Young is to conduct a nationwide study mapping the UK upstream oil & gas labour market in order to pinpoint skills deficiencies and likely future labour requirements.
The study, which is the first of its kind, is being commissioned by industry group Oil & Gas UK, skills organisation OPITO and the Department of Business.
Energy & Business Minister Matthew Hancock said the project’s aim was to “clearly outline the skills that the oil & gas industries will need in the years to come and help ensure both our economic and energy security”.
Oil & Gas UK business development director Stephen Marcos Jones said the idea was to identify how to build “a world-class talent pipeline” for both operators and the supply chain.
EY said it planned a series of interviews with organisations in 32 sub-sectors as part of its review, which is due to be published in November.
The oil & gas industry is estimated to employ around 400,000 people, contributing £35 billion to the economy.
Earlier this year EY completed a study on the UK’s oil & gas supply chain for Oil & Gas UK and the government that found the industry contributed £35 billion to the UK economy and sustained around 400,000 jobs.