Global Resources Network restructures to support growing skills shortage

Source: press release, 26 September 2019

At left, Suzanne Laing, Recruitment Manager, and Iona Currie, General Operations Manager
At left, Suzanne Laing, Recruitment Manager, and Iona Currie, General Operations Manager (photo: Global Resources Network)

A company restructure by Global Resources Network, specialist recruitment business to the offshore drilling sector, will provide greater support to clients facing the increasing challenge of a growing skills shortage across the global oil and gas industry.

A subsidiary of Global Resource Management Ltd, formerly part of the Global Energy Group, Global Resources Network now operates with its own brand, under the new ownership of Envoy & Partners. Along with the relaunch comes a move to larger office premises and increased staffing levels to support future company growth.

The restructuring confirms the company’s position as a leading provider of core drill and support crew for the global drilling sector, with business activity firmly focused on its drilling roots and specialised expertise.

“The rebrand comes at a time when the industry is once again going through change,” says Iona Currie, General Operations Manager. “There is new positivity and rapidly increasing activity and as a result the skills shortage is becoming more crucial. By repositioning now, we are proactively ramping up and consolidating the services we provide to our clients to meet their crewing requirements.”

“Our strength and the benefit we bring to clients comes from our specialist knowledge of the drilling sector. We have a new name and new offices, but we still have the same highly experienced, focussed team of specialist recruiters who have years of expertise in offshore drilling recruitment. We have also added a new resourcer to our team who will focus solely on sourcing new candidates and an additional recruiter. That gives us greater capacity to continue to provide a consistently high and reliable level of service to our clients and candidates,” Currie adds.

The greatest demand is for experienced workers, with a current shortage of experienced roustabouts and a growing requirement for maintenance personnel. The skills shortage is also creating more job opportunities for inexperienced or new entrants to the industry.

“We place an average of 80-plus offshore personnel every day,” says Currie. “Our objective is to always recruit the best people available to meet client needs and to grow our pool personnel. We also recognise the need to encourage and support the next generation of workers to meet growing demands in the drilling workforce.”

“Since the downturn we are seeing experienced candidates struggling to get back into the industry, so we work with a network of training providers to ensure we can help support anyone returning to industry regain their required certifications. In addition to this, as part of our service offering, we work directly with a sister company, Training and Competence Solutions (TCS), to offer a variety of training and competence solutions to our customers covering a range of offshore requirements,” she says.

Global Resources Network specialises in providing core offshore drill crew as well as maintenance, support and marine staff associated with drilling operations offshore or in dock. The majority of placements are in the North Sea on an ad-hoc and temporary to permanent basis, but Global Resources’ highly experienced network of in-country partners and worldwide contacts gives it global reach. Clients include the majority of the main drilling contractors in the UKCS and abroad.