Industry body Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) has warned that governments, industry and regulators need to work together to protect the jobs and skills of the country’s offshore workers as its latest workforce insight report revealed “worrying signs” for job cuts.

The number of workers on offshore oil and gas installations decreased by around 4000 as the UK went into lockdown in March this year, official figures published by OGUK showed.

Average weekly personnel on board decreased from around 11,000 on the 8 March to just over 7000 one month later, with drilling and engineering construction trades hardest hit.