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Alberta’s oil sands operations to increase workforce by over 70 per cent

March 30, 2012

CALGARY, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Alberta’s oil sands, which employed just
over 20,000 workers in 2011, is projected to grow its workforce by a
staggering 73 per cent by 2021, according to a new report released
today by the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada (Petroleum HR
Council). The report, Oil Sands Labour Market Outlook to 2021, states that some oil sands operations and occupations are forecasted to
add over 100 per cent of their current workforce by 2021.

The Petroleum HR Council’s outlook provides oil sands labour demand
projections and analysis based on data for 55 core occupations within
three facility/operation types: in situ, mining and upgrading. The
outlook describes how technological changes, as well as shifts in the
regulatory and business environments, are impacting how the oil sands
sector does business and what types of workers are required. For
example, employment within in situ operations will experience the
greatest growth, driving a number of emerging occupations and an
increased reliance on the oil and gas support services workforce.
Increased mining and upgrading activities will also contribute to the
sector’s employment growth.

“The oil sands sector entered 2012 with a healthy dose of optimism, with
all indicators – notably stable oil prices and strong international
investment – pointing to continued expansion,” explained Cheryl Knight,
Executive Director and CEO of the Petroleum HR Council. “Demand for
more workers is being driven primarily by growth in the sector, however
our research tells us that the supply of skilled workers remains very
tight. Going forward, age-related attrition and competition from other
industries will further escalate labour and skills shortages faced by
the sector. In fact, the sector may need to hire 116 per cent of its
current employment levels due to industry expansion, retirements and
losing people to other industries.”

Oil Sands Labour Market Outlook to 2021 also states industry will be challenged to manage workforce costs in
this employee-driven labour market. The oil sands sector will have to
give considerable thought to effective and efficient strategies to work
with the construction, maintenance and oil and gas support services
sectors, which are critical to the growth and sustainability of oil
sands operations.

Major capital projects for the sector are definitely impacting the
future workforce needs for oil sands operations. In addition to labour
demand projections and analysis, Oil Sands Labour Market Outlook to 2021 report contains a list of major projects expected to be operational by
2016 that will contribute to the sector’s workforce requirements. 
Additionally, the report includes summary tables and charts, detailed
appendices, executive summary and a concise fact sheet. This study was
funded by the Government of Alberta.

The Oil Sands Labour Market Outlook to 2021 products are available for purchase. For more information on, or to
purchase, please visit: www.petrohrsc.ca

SOURCE Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada

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