The petrochemicals sector has a bright future ahead of it, according to information from the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, despite the positive trends, a number of energy companies are struggling to staff their downstream oil and gas and petrochemicals projects, and need to refine their recruitment strategies to find the best talent.
While some petrochemical products have been under the spotlight for their roles in climate change (single-use plastics, for instance), the IEA highlights that petrochemical-produced parts also play a key role in the construction of renewable energy solutions such as wind turbine blades, solar panels, electric vehicle parts and more.
Demand for plastics, according to the IEA, has outpaced all other bulk materials and has doubled since 2000. As of 2015, advanced economies such as Europe and the USA used nearly 20 times more plastic and ten times more fertiliser than developing nations - regions where serious growth in the petrochemicals sector is set to occur in the future.
Petrochemicals will account for over a third of the growth in oil demand up to 2030, and nearly half up to 2050, according to the IEA. Petrochemicals will also consume an additional 56 billion cubic metres of natural gas by 2030.
However, despite the potential for petrochemical producers to start new projects across the globe and ride the upward trend, hiring managers will recognise that there’s an emerging problem within the industry, too - an impending talent crisis.
The Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) 2019 report, produced by Airswift and Energy Jobline, lays petrochemical recruitment problems bare. 52% of petrochemicals professionals who took part in the survey say their company has been impacted by a skills shortage, while almost half of respondents are living in fear of an impending talent crunch. A full third say a talent crisis has already hit the industry.
The inability to fill petrochemical positions with the best talent possible can disrupt project timeframes and hit budgets hard. The best way to address these problems is to partner with a specialist workforce solutions provider who can help you find and mobilise the best downstream oil and gas talent.
Airswift’s recruitment experts have helped transform the talent acquisition and mobility strategies of some of the biggest energy, process and infrastructure companies in the world over the last four decades, with our talented recruitment specialists and consultants also able to extend their services to the petrochemicals industry.
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Airswift is here to help you find the best talent for your petrochemical projects now and in the future, wherever your project is based and however competitive the talent landscape.
Whatever products your petrochemicals company produces, and whatever plans you have for the future, it’s essential your hiring managers have access to the very best people available in any and every region you’re operating in.
Our experts can not only help you find those people, but also provide solutions for other workforce challenges you may face, including:
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Based on a survey of 17,000 energy professionals from 162 countries, the 2019 GETI report provides a comprehensive overview of the impending talent crisis in downstream oil and gas recruitment. Key findings include:
For more insights like this, download your copy of the 2019 GETI report now. In addition to the latest industry insight, you’ll benefit from practical data such as salary guides, hiring rates and more.
And, perhaps most importantly with fears of a talent crisis within the industry, the report offers key insights on how best to attract and retain the talent that will make a difference to your wider recruitment strategy.