Pack­age deal to lure skills

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Rear View -

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.

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