Leaner oil and gas sector starting to emerge

Companies, workers adapting to volatile environment
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/03/2017
Dump Trucks
Dump trucks parked near crude oil tanks at Kinder Morgan’s North 40 terminal expansion construction project in Sherwood Park, near Edmonton on Nov. 13, 2016. Credit: Chris Helgren (Reuters)

A full economic recovery is still an elusive reality in Alberta’s oil and gas sector, where volatile oil prices continue to plague the industry since major declines in 2014. Tens of thousands of workers have been laid off, directly or indirectly, with many people leaving the profession — and the province — to try and find work elsewhere.

But when the sector does finally make a comeback, it’ll be a different-looking labour force, according to experts.

“What we’re facing is a jobless recovery and that’s what people need to become mindful of,” said Jackie Rafter, founder, president and CEO of career transformation company Higher Landing in Calgary.