1 in 3 Canadian Oil and Gas Pros Works Outside The Continent

Middle East, Asia The Most Popular Destinations For Canadian Pros, Rigzone Survey Finds

HOUSTON, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - More than one-third of Canadian oil and gas professionals currently work outside North America, according to a survey conducted by Rigzone.com, the leading online jobs resource for the oil and gas industry.

The study comparing citizenship to energy work region, showed 34 percent of Canadian oil and gas professionals on average found employment off-continent from 2010 through the first quarter of 2012.

The destinations broke down as follows:


Middle East

11 percent


7 percent


6 percent

South America

5 percent


3 percent


2 percent

Three continents showed an increase in Canadian workers over the period: Africa (7% in 2010 to 9% in Q1 2012); Australia (1% to 3%) and North America (63% to 68%).

"In an industry that has continued to add jobs despite the global economic struggles, Canadian oil and gas pros continue to be in demand," said Paul Caplan, President, Americas of Rigzone. "The energy industry is looking for experienced, highly technical talent and international mobility is a real selling point to professionals."

For those energy professionals, the opportunity to work overseas ranked second behind compensation increases when asked what would persuade them to stay with their current employer.

Calgary Recruitment Events
Rigzone is hosting two recruitment events in Calgary. Hiring managers from global energy companies will be at the Global Petroleum Show, June 12-14, 2012 at Stampede Park (Booth 8424-Hall F) and at the Global Energy Career Expo, June 13-14, 2012 at the TELUS Convention Centre (Booth 1201).

About Rigzone
Rigzone, a Dice Holdings Inc. service, is a leading online resource for the oil and gas industry delivering content, data, advertising and career services. Dedicated to bringing upstream oil and gas news and data, including in-depth information on exploration, drilling and production markets to organizations tackling the energy challenge, its online community of highly-skilled and experienced energy professionals is unmatched. www.rigzone.com

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Bewley or Rachel Ceccarelli

SOURCE Rigzone

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