A growing pressure on job seekers, the hunt for petroleum jobs and the healthcare job hunt are fuelling a renewed job search pressure on the oil and gas industry.
More than two-thirds of Australians say they are actively seeking jobs in the energy sector, according to the latest Essential Research survey of 1,000 Australians, up 12 percentage points from one year ago.
The energy sector is expected to create 8.6 million new jobs over the next three years, up from 6.7 million jobs created in 2015.
With the rise in demand for petroleum and gas jobs, there are more than three times more jobs on the pipeline than at any time in the past 15 years.
In the oilfield service sector, more than half of Australians have been looking for petroleum or gas jobs.
A further 14 per cent say they have actively sought petroleum jobs.
The proportion who have actively pursued a healthcare job has dropped to 8 per cent.
As a result of the increase in demand, oil and natural gas companies are being forced to hire more people.
This has led to a rise in job vacancies, according the Essential Research poll, which was conducted online between March 15 and 18.
“The increase in job opportunities for oil and other gas industry workers, particularly in the oil field service sector and in the healthcare service sector are having a real impact on the industry,” says the Essential research director, Dr Mark Leggett.
Oil and gas companies say the industry is taking action to cope with the pressures.
For example, the government recently announced a new cap on the number of staff at oil and geothermal companies.
But the impact of the pressure on jobs in this sector is likely to be limited because of the number and number of companies already employing more than 1,100 people.