OILPATCH A WHITE MAN’S WORLD
A new study shows that Canada’s energy sector workforce became larger and more diverse from 2006 to 2016 but remains predominantly the domain of older, white males. Petrolmi says the number of people directly employed in oil and gas grew by about 25,000 to almost 190,000 over a decade that included booming growth and thousands of layoffs when prices crashed. It says in a report that 17 per cent of the sector’s staff were 55 or older in 2016, up from 10 per cent in 2006, while the number of workers under 25 fell from 15 per cent to seven per cent. The report says the number of women in oil and gas is still at about 22 per cent, with most working at office jobs in finance and administration. Petrolmi says the proportion of Indigenous people in the industry grew slowly from 5.6 per cent to 6.3 per cent — that’s higher than the 3.9 per cent in the overall Canadian workforce.