Oil and gas going strong
A major survey into hiring and firing trends by Warrington Recruitment firm Antal International has revealed that the oil and gas sector has one of the healthiest levels of job recruitment and job retention in the UK.
Antal International surveyed HR managers in 2762 companies, across 107 countries around the world. The survey revealed that the energy, oil, gas and renewables sector has the highest levels of recruitment in the UK, with more than a third of companies hiring or expecting to hire staff in the next three months.
Lee Narraway, managing director of Antal International said: “There has been a general downturn in recruitment across the board, but the energy sector has remained more buoyant than other sectors. In the energy sector 35% of firms are still hiring and 35% still intend to hire. These hiring rates are much higher than other sectors. For example in financial services only 14% of UK firms surveyed are hiring new staff and in IT/telecoms only 22% of firms expect to hire in the coming months.”
He added: “On the whole however UK hiring and firing rates do not compare well to our European neighbours. In Britain less than a third of firms are hiring staff, and only 18% of businesses are expecting to hire in the coming months. This compares poorly to countries such as Germany where 81% of companies are hiring and optimism is high, with 64% of firms expecting to hire in the next quarter.
The survey covers Winter 2008/2009 but Antal International will be commissioning another survey over the next three months to analyse whether hiring trends are changing.
Antal International is based in Warrington but part of a global organisation, with 120 offices in 30 countries, recruiting talent for a range of industry sectors and working with major blue chip clients such as Shell, ABB, Denso Marston and Kimberly Clark.