The Scottish Enterprise survey of senior global industry figures looked at the views of more than 260 senior industry leaders from businesses employing approximately 2.2 million people across the globe in an effort to assess Scotland’s status as a training ground for the oil and gas sector.
Commenting on the findings, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This poll comes at a time of change for the global energy sector. Turbulence in the oil markets is leading to some uncertainty about future work flows, but these results reinforce the value that Scottish businesses deliver to partners, particularly in deepwater and offshore exploration areas.
“Our objective is to make clear that Scotland’s oil and gas wealth is not just in the resources that we extract, but the expertise that we have built up. We are working with the industry to continue to strengthen Scotland’s position as a global leader in the sector and these figures mark further growth in this important part of our economy.”
David Rennie, head of the international oil & gas sector at Scottish Enterprise said: “This research quantifies what we’ve long known and heard – that Scotland has a world-leading reputation when it comes to developing skills and experience in the oil & gas industry.
“The opportunity is therefore for Scotland to further build on the strengths we know we have when it comes to career development and progression, and use them to tap into more opportunities for both our people and our oil & gas supply chain at a global level.”
Commenting on the findings, Melfort Campbell, Chairman & CEO of IMES Group and chair of the independent expert commission on oil & gas, said: “It is essential that Scotland maintains its competitive edge in oil and gas and these new figures highlight, reassuringly, the value that our supply chain continues to create, as well as identify a number of strategic opportunities and challenges that can be developed further. Scotland’s role in the global oil and gas industry has long been characterized by constant evolution and development, but ultimately, this continued role relies on its ability to maintain its position within the global exploration and production market”
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