A major new study will provide comprehensive data on the UK upstream oil and gas labour market for the first time.
The study, to be carried out by advisory experts EY, was commissioned by Oil & Gas UK, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and OPITO, the oil and gas skills organisation, and will provide insight into the sector's employment profile and future needs.
Data will be gathered on the profile of workers in different sectors to map out skills levels, and expose where deficiencies lie, in order to help industry and government address labour market challenges.
Oil & Gas UK's business development director Stephen Marcos Jones said: "We aim not only to provide more accuracy around the number of jobs supported by the industry, but to identify what skills our people have, where they are based and how we might need to develop them to promote our advantage in the oil and gas sector. Industry willingness to participate in this study will be vital to its success."