Energy sector facing resource brownouts: Survey

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By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/19/2011

The energy industry is already experiencing resource gaps and expecting further labour shortages, according to a survey by Maxwell Drummond International.

“We’re not surprised to hear people say they expect a shortage,” said Brian Coffman, general manager of Maxwell’s Canadian operations in Calgary. “It really reflects the demographics in this industry and what we’ve expected now for some time.”

Resource gaps are expected to be the most acute in reservoir and petroleum engineering, according to 49.5 per cent of the respondents to the 2011 Annual Energy Survey. Another 49.5 per cent said gaps are expected in drilling and completions followed by field operations (41.4 per cent), subsea and marine (39.6 per cent) and geosciences (39.6 per cent), according to the 100 energy leaders worldwide who responded to the survey.