Oil patch struggles to recruit

Fighting negative perceptions, global competition
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/18/2013

There are plenty of jobs available, and the pay is good, but Canada’s oil and gas sector continues to have trouble finding and keeping skilled workers.

The top three workforce issues are attracting and retaining workers in hard-to-recruit locations (67 per cent), labour/skills shortages (53 per cent) and employee turnover/retention (47 per cent), according to a survey by the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada (now part of Enform).

And in a separate survey, more than one-half (54 per cent) of employers cited skills shortages as a significant issue while three-quarters (73 per cent) expect to increase hiring in the next 12 months, according to recruitment firm Hays.