OILPATCH A WHITE MAN’S WORLD

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - FP SASKATOON -

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.

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