Demand for workers at large oil and gas firms is on the up, according to a new report.

Wednesday 9 May 2012

Posted by James Curtis

Demand for limited company contractors in the UK's oil and gas sector is on the rise.

That is according to the latest survey by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC), which showed that large firms in particular are demonstrating strong demand for workers.

It comes as the survey revealed that companies across the sector are displaying increased levels of optimism despite concerns about the unexpected tax rise introduced in last year's Budget.

Robert Collier, chief executive of AGCC, explained: "The oil and gas sector has helped ensure Aberdeen City and Shire has remained largely sheltered from the current economic downturn facing the rest of the UK and its importance to the region cannot be underestimated.

"Optimism in the sector is strong and the overall outlook is good, but this will only be realised if the right environment is put in place to allow the sector to flourish by removing the barriers to growth and building policy stability."

The study also showed that at present the oil and gas sector is outperforming the rest of the Scottish economy.

By Victoria McDonnell

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