Opportunities for women in oil and gas
As we work towards a world that supports gender equality, diversity, inclusivity, and celebrates the value of being different, Energy Resourcing is also taking steps towards breaking biases and discrimination in our hiring processes.
As a technical recruitment agency, we give all genders the ability to find meaningful, skilled work to support their livelihoods. And while global oil demand fell during the pandemic, it has steadily rebounded and provided opportunities again for a thriving career within this sector.
A report commissioned by the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) says the UK oil and gas industry needs to recruit over 40,000 people by 2035 to meet demand.
With so many roles to fill, companies must shift the way they previously recruited talent by going after a more diverse, inclusive workforce.
Now more than ever, managing talent shortages and changing industry stereotypes can be done by showing how a career in the oil and gas sector is for both women and men.
It’s about diversity of thought
Women bring different leadership skills and behaviours. But it’s not just about diversity of gender. It’s about diversity of thought because balanced teams make better decisions.
The companies that will succeed in upskilling will be those that fully understand the advantages of having a diverse workforce. And have taken steps to ensure they have more diversity through all levels of their organisations.
More skilled women for the offshore oil and gas workforce
The increase in women studying STEM subjects, like math, science, and engineering, has provided a natural pathway into the oil and gas industry.
More women are working for oil and gas companies on land. Still, there is a notable lack of women in safety, tech, and management positions when it comes to offshore roles. This makes it harder to fill open roles with women due to less support, bed space, and a backup person to help cover shifts.
But the growing demand for a skilled and diverse workforce is breaking through these hurdles and making offshore roles more accessible for women.
The research doesn’t lie
Research shows that companies with better gender diversity are more productive than their less diverse competitors.
Suppose you want to attract more women to your offshore oil and gas contract roles. In that case, it’s essential to provide a safe work environment, flexible schedule, benefits, the opportunity for advancement, and work-life balance.
As the offshore industry has traditionally been dominated by men, shifting that reality will require open communication, training, and a firm commitment to change.
It’s time to make a change
It’s time to change oil and gas industry misconceptions as we advocate for more women in offshore roles.
Katy Heidenreich, author of The Oil Industry’s Best Kept Secret: A Book Full of Inspiration and Advice, says that “women who enter the UK offshore oil and gas industry, in whatever capacity, can expect to be treated with much more respect than perhaps anticipated.”
How Covid helps change the offshore landscape
While the Covid-19 pandemic had a negative impact on global oil demand, it actually had a positive effect on placing women in offshore roles. Health, safety, and social distancing regulations related to the pandemic helped make it easier for us to place women in offshore positions.
One of the main problems before Covid was having limited bed space and shared room accommodations for offshore female shift workers. But with the pandemic, workers were not permitted to share rooms, so there was no excuse why women couldn’t be placed on the rigs.
We look forward to maintaining the traction gained during the pandemic to break hiring biases while providing diversity and equal opportunity for women seeking offshore oil and gas jobs.
How are you working to break the bias in your company?
Imagine a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Through changes, big and small, together we can forge women’s equality in our companies and everyday life. Together, we can all break the bias – on International Women’s Day and beyond.
Energy Resourcing is supporting women in male-dominated roles
We are a technical recruitment agency that’s actively helping women enter the oil and gas industry through the placement process.
Our recruiters ensure that a diverse range of skilled resumes is presented to clients seeking offshore positions. If there aren’t enough female applicants for a role, we reach out to the talent pool of qualified women to present the opportunity available.
Energy Resourcing is helping shift misconceptions in offshore working environments and change unconscious hiring biases. We actively work with new and existing clients to open the lines of communication and challenge preconceived ideas of gender in technical roles.
We actively engage our clients to discover their diversity, equity, and inclusion needs. This gives us an excellent opportunity to support women in more blue-collar, industrial and technical oil and gas roles.