One of the biggest challenges facing the subsea industry, in Norway and globally, is human resources—access to skills.
To help quantify and assess the sector’s skills base and find where the gaps are, the Underwater Technology Foundation ordered a study by Oslo-based oil and gas consultancy Rystad Energy.
Mark Bokenfohr, managing director of technology development firm WiSub said skills was the main technology challenge for the subsea industry in the next 10 years.
“In Norway the most significant hurdle to growth will most certainly be access to human resources in the volume required to support the ‘boom’, which may not seem like a technical challenge but certainly is related: without the human resource you will not solve the technical challenges,” he said. “WiSub leverages our near-shore and overseas networks of partners to achieve our results within the schedules we have set for ourselves.”
The study by Rystad focuses on recruitment challenges in the subsea industry globally. Its main focus is to provide a fact-based quantification of the current competence base and to describe current recruitment patterns and challenges.
The key areas of evaluation are number of employees, educational level, age distribution and nationality.
The study examines the main geographical subsea hubs: Angola, Australia, Brazil, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, the Netherlands, UK and the USA. The report will also provide a view on future recruitment trends within the subsea industry.
“A series of industry interviews combined with Rystad Energy’s databases and systematic approach have enabled us to put together a complete overview of the global subsea competency base and describe main recruitment challenges”, says Nils-Henrik Bjurstrøm, senior project manager for this report.
A 16-page summary of the study, helped by funding from the SUT Norway Branch and NCE Subsea, will be distributed to the participants at the UTC.