Package deal to lure skills
DESPITE global skills shortages, leading oil and gas engineering consultancy Xodus Group says it’s not feeling the pinch in terms of serving its clients with skilled consultants.
The company recently announced a 50 per cent increase in staff, taking the number of engineers and consultants employed by the company from 30 to 45.
Engineers are in short supply across all disciplines. However, Xodus has attracted and secured new staff, primarily from overseas and universities, which has included a knowledge transfer with its Aberdeen affiliate.
Offering integrated, packaged solutions in subsea, oil and gas, technical safety and risk, and technology and environment, Xodus says it has met the skills shortage head on by attracting talent using a flexible blend of employee benefits, including flexible working conditions, comprehensive training and mentoring, a top level health care and insurance package, a structured employee profit share scheme, and the provision of the latest IT equipment and software.
Xodus Group Executive Director, Matthew Rawlings, says the company is attracting staff because it is investing in the future talent of the industry in Western Australia and the region by concentrating on top level graduates from universities, as well as bringing established and proven oil and gas consulting experience from overseas.
Mr Rawlings says Xodus is leading the way in the transfer of knowledge and ability into the Australian oil and gas industry.
‘‘ With the projected labour demands predicted to increase even further, Xodus knew that providing prospective employees with a wide array of opportunities - including working on some of the world’s most cutting edge technology applications associated with the region’s deepwater stranded gas projects - was a simple, strategic approach to win the war for talent,’’ Mr Rawlings says.
People are looking for a variety of benefits, particularly in an environment where most of our competitors are dominated by large company constraints.
‘‘ Employee poaching is becoming increasingly common.’’ The decision by Xodus Group to attract individuals from other industries and from abroad is one the company expects will be supported by its clients, as it will enrich the labour market.
‘‘ By bringing together resident world class expertise, employed as the core, and supplementing our numbers with local graduate talent and overseas experience, we can assist clients as they seek to overcome the challenges they face throughout the life of their oil and gas assets, rather than hindering their projects due to staffing issues,’’ Mr Rawlings says.