Numbers working offshore keep growing - and Shetland is essential in the transportation process

by Tom Morton -

Offshore Worker Numbers Continue to Grow in UK Oil and Gas - and Shetland is crucial

The UK’s core offshore workforce - those who spend over 100 nights a year offshore - grew in 2012 to 25,760, the largest since 2006. Almost 57,000 people travelled offshore in total, nine per cent more than in 2011.

Oil & Gas UK’s 2013 Offshore Demographics Report was published today (26 June). It shows that of those who travelled offshore in 2012:

  • the average age is 41.1 years, similar to previous years
  • the number of people aged under 30 years grew by 14 per cent compared with 2011
  • over 80 per cent is of British nationality
  • three and half times more people work for non-operators than operators
  • 4 per cent were female

Shetland is crucial in the safe, effective, reliable and economical transportation of workers offshore via its airport facilities at Sumburgh, Scatsta, Tingwall and Baltasound in Unst, which is being considered by Chevron as a possible base.

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