Industry body Subsea UK bases figure on assumption from members survey responses
The industry body representing the subsea industry in the UK is estimating up to 10,000 new jobs could be created in the sector in the next 12 months.
Subsea UK, which represents more than 250 companies operating in the UK, said a fifth of its members said they would need more than 2000 people to fill roles in the booming oil and gas sector.
The industry body said 43 of its member companies are actively looking to fill a combined 800 vacancies at present.
Subsea UK's chief executive, Neil Gordon, explained how the body had arrived at the 10,000 new jobs figure.
He said: “The respondents to the survey represent a cross section of the supply chain so we can assume that if one fifth need 2,000 people, there are potentially 10,000 new jobs across the sector.
"With the UK economy still fairly fragile, it is fantastic that our industry, which is out-performing other sectors and helping lead the country's economic recovery, is creating so many new jobs.
“The challenge for us is finding suitably qualified people to meet immediate demand and attracting new people into the industry to fulfil future demand.”
Subsea UK said 50 per cent of survey respondents said recruiting suitably qualified people was “very difficult” and 14 per cent said finding the right talent “was almost impossible”.
It adds, recruiting semi-qualified people is slightly easier, but 45 per cent of respondents still believe it is difficult.
Subsea UK says the British subsea industry generates £6 billion in revenues annually, supports around 50,000 jobs and is expected to grow by 40 per cent in the next two years.