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97% of oil and gas workers are actively seeking new job

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Staff writer ▼ | November 10, 2015
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Rigzone   The most recent global survey

Rigzone announced the results from its most recent global surveys, which comprise two surveys: one for hiring managers and recruiters, and one for job seekers in the oil and gas industry.

Overall, the results indicate that a company's digital hiring strategy will be critical for attracting young talent, and that companies must embrace the role mobile devices and social media play in a candidate's job search journey.

Rigzone's survey of 449 global job seekers shows that 97% of those surveyed were actively seeking a new job, regardless of whether they were currently employed or not.

A prominent key finding is that 66% of the respondents are not considering leaving the oil and gas industry; a finding which highlights this group's loyalty to the industry, though not necessarily to the company for which they work.

Forty-six percent of job seekers polled stated that industry-specific job boards were most valuable in their job search, followed by employer websites. Rigzone's own mobile app saw 18,164 new users in Q3, results that are inline for an industry in which mobile devices are rapidly becoming the primary device for finding information and conducting online searches.

Rigzone's survey of 279 global hiring managers and recruiters showed that 69% of those surveyed find posting open positions on job boards to be an effective method of attracting millennial candidates. Seventy-four percent of hiring managers surveyed find social media to be an effective method of attracting millennial candidates.

Survey results continue to show that the drop in oil prices is affecting hiring plans, with 49% of hiring managers surveyed stating they will be hiring less than last quarter, and 21% stating they are not hiring for any new positions. Additionally, 65% of hiring managers surveyed believe that layoffs are likely in the next six months at their organizations.

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