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This will provide comprehensive data on the workforce for the first time, including insight into the sector’s current employment profile and future needs, with the aim of helping the government and industry formulate strategies to successfully address labour market challenges.

Data for the report will be gathered by a range of methods including analysis of existing information and a series of interviews with organisations in 32 sub sectors of the upstream oil and gas supply chain.

Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Our oil and gas industry is a real success story, contributing £35bn to our economy and employing around 400,000 people. This important project will clearly outline the skills that the oil and gas industries will need in the years to come and help ensure both our economic and energy security.”

Chris Lewis, Partner at EY added: “The oil and gas industry is instrumental in securing the UK’s energy future. Investment to ensure that the industry has the right people, with the right skills to get the job done is of utmost importance. The UK has an excellent track record in nurturing world class oil and gas talent to develop our resources and export expertise.”

Today’s announcement comes just three months after the completion of a project to map the UK oil and gas supply chain. 

The final report will be published in early November.

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