NORTH AMERICAN DRILLING AND SERVICE CONTRACTORS ARE "NOW HIRING" AND STRUGGLING WITH A LABOUR SHORTAGE

January 30, 2017

Canada and the United States oilfield companies are ramping up their personnel efforts to equip drilling rigs to meet the upcoming demands of the industry. Once again after a long 2 ½ year slowdown and the industry seeing 100’s of thousands of their employees around the world being laid off with a large number never to return is causing panic.

The( IADC) International Association of Drilling Contractors rig count report for week ending January 27, 2017 shows the United State increased rig count drilling from 619 of last year to 712 this week and Canada 231 last year to 345 this week. The rest of the world is also showing significant increases in drilling activity but finding experienced or trained work force is becoming the future challenge for these exploration and service companies.

One thing for sure is that eventually they will prevail whether its increased wages or going outside to find their employees the industry will come back. One good outcome will be that the industry will have lots of opportunity for new entry level and experienced jobs on the near horizon. Already Maritime Drilling Schools Limited is being approached for its trained students to help supply the market. Russell King of CJ Energy Services, Canadian Division phoned Reg MacDonald of Maritime Drilling Schools Limited looking for former and future students. Mr. Russ king of CJ Energy Services states that their Canadian Operations are flat out and they need good people to crew their drilling rigs.