US skilled workforce getting smaller, older - consultant

20 March 2013 03:06  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--The US oil and gas industry is facing a labour shortage, an energy consultant said on Tuesday.

There are roughly 4.5m-5m skilled workers in the North American energy industry, about 1m less than in mid 2000, said Daniel Lumma, senior vice president at Kiewit Oil, Gas & Chemical North America.

In addition, US construction workforce demographics show there is an upward shift in average age as it has risen from the mid 30s in the mid 1980s to the early 40s in 2010, he said during the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturer (AFPM) annual meeting.

The average retirement age is 61, he added, and roughly half of the workforce industry will retire in about 10 years.

“Owners are very concerned how the availability of skilled craft labour will impact their projects," Lumma said. “With more experienced workers retiring and fewer young people entering construction, the problem continues to be significant.”

The AFPM annual meeting ends on Tuesday.

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