Talent shortage stunting BP’s growth

The expansion of BP’s North Sea operations could be prevented by the lack of UK engineers with the right skills.

Trevor Garlick, head of the North Sea operations, told The Telegraph: “Getting hold of the right people is a real issue for us.” This comes as the oil firm plans to recruit 150-300 jobs a year in addition to investing £3billion into the North Sea operations.

OPITO’s findings, earlier this year, supports this, finding that, despite significant growth within the industry, more than half of companies believe the number one challenge is attracting appropriately skilled staff.

David Binnie, Managing director, OPITO, says: “Increasing the supply pool of experienced talent is critical if we are to avoid inter-company competition, costs inflation and the delay or cancellation of projects

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