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UKCS workforce dynamics: the skills landscape 2019-2025.

RGU Oil and Gas Institute


RGU Oil and Gas Institute


John McDonald
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Paul de Leeuw
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This report is part of the OPITO UKCS Workforce Dynamics series. The first report, published last year was a review of the UKCS skills requirements to 2035. This follow-up study, focuses on an intermediate timeframe to 2025, exploring the dynamics of the changing skills landscape and considers how industry, the workforce, governments and educational institutions might respond. By 2025 there will be approximately 4,500 new people employed in roles that don’t currently exist. These new roles will require a different set of skills and competences, which means we need to look at ways of reskilling our current workforce and consider how we compete with other industries for future talent. In the next six years, we will see the introduction of new jobs in areas such as data science, automation and new materials. A significant proportion of the current workforce will still be working in the sector in 2025. Therefore, we also need to consider how to upskill to allow people to do the same job, but more efficiently. In building this report, Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil & Gas Institute surveyed around 1000 people across 140 organisations. Their responses highlighted that people want short but formally structured “nuggets” of learning, increasingly delivered through simulation. This report is designed to ensure the sector has access to the skills and competences to support its longer-term ambitions. Built on four strategic components, Retain, Retrain, Recruit and Renew the report addresses the need to design and adapt our talent development systems for both existing and new participants. This strategy provides a framework for employers, governments, agencies, education institutions and training providers to help effectively plan the skills and capabilities in the sector.


RGU OIL AND GAS INSTITUTE. 2019. UKCS workforce dynamics: the skills landscape 2019-2025. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University [online]. Available from:

Report Type Research Report
Online Publication Date May 31, 2019
Publication Date May 31, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 3, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 29, 2019
Publisher Robert Gordon University
Keywords Skills landscape; Oil and gas industry; Workforce; Governments; Educational institutions
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