Working Offshore: UK Visa Guide

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The end of EU free movement and the introduction of a new UK immigration system have impacted work visa options for migrant workers in the energy sector. In this article, we update on the latest immigration rules for offshore workers on the UK Continental Shelf.   What is the UK Continental Shelf? Offshore work in […]

UK Offshore Wind Workers’ Concession

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The UK offshore wind workers’ concession offers a practical solution for employment in the highly specialist area of offshore wind working. When employing a migrant worker in the UK, or even on an offshore installation located close to the UK, the individual must usually have permission to undertake the job offered to them in the […]

Immigration Issues for the Oil & Gas Sector

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Oil and gas companies operating in the North Sea region remain reliant on the global talent market and international recruitment to meet workforce needs. Yet the current UK immigration system offers little to support the commercial realities of hiring in a globally-mobile industry. These issues are further compounded by the imminent overhaul of the UK […]

Global Mobility Issues for the Oil & Gas Sector

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Ever-growing energy demands are creating opportunities for mobile workers and their employers in both new and traditional destinations. Together, these locations are all providing fresh challenges for oil and gas HR and global mobility teams as they work to support corporate strategy and provide the highly skilled technical talent required to service rising energy needs […]

Employment Law Issues for the Oil & Gas Sector

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The oil and gas sector has always raised complex employment law issues. Large projects, globally mobile workers, extreme conditions and the risk of accidents in what is a truly global industry. Despite the difficulties in the petrochemical market in recent years and against a backdrop of lower oil prices, the oil and gas industry has […]

HR Issues for the Oil & Gas Sector

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While HR is fundamentally changing across industries, three key themes are driving disruption in HR specific to the oil and gas sector. The imperative for energy companies remains the pursuit of innovation in workforce planning and operations.   Workforce demographic shifts Current workforce demographics place the vast majority of oil and gas workers either older […]

Immigration Skills Charge & Rising Costs of Hiring Skilled Migrant Workers

The latest planned changes to UK immigration rules take effect in April 2017. They bring with them considerable financial implications for employers of skilled workers from outside the EEA, namely those hiring under the Tier 2 route. New Immigration Skills Charge From 6 April 2017 organisations who sponsor Tier 2 migrant workers will have to pay […]

Immigration Oil and Gas and Subsea Industry

Immigration Oil and Gas and Subsea Industry The news has been littered with stories of difficult business decisions being made by oil and gas and subsea companies within a tough economic climate. With so much seismic activity taking place within the sector, Human Resource (HR) managers are reminded of some important immigration considerations that may […]

North Sea Platform Decommissioning

We found a recent article of the Royal Academy of Engineers as regards North Sea platform decommissioning and its link to skills deficiency quite fascinating, and in line with what a number of our clients in the oil & gas industry are experiencing. The article highlights that decommissioning will be an ongoing activity over the […]