Oil industry still struggles to add female workers

Many managers stress the benefits of fielding diverse teams. Varied backgrounds offer more extensive insight, which promotes innovation and inventive problem-solving. However, the results of the latest oil and gas Global Workforce Survey published jointly by OilCareers.com and Air Energi show that recent efforts to include more women in the fast-growing industry are not proving as fruitful as hoped. 

Over 4,300 industry hiring managers and stakeholders took part in the worldwide survey, which had a specific focus on the current lack of female professionals. The results found that 40 percent of hiring managers and 47 percent of industry employees hold the belief that the lack of female workers is an issue. Seventy-one percent of hiring managers responded that addressing the situation would allow the industry greater access to a more comprehensive talent pool.

"Given the chronic skills gap in oil and gas, the last 12-18 months has seen many companies waking up to the fact that there is a distinct lack of women joining the industry," OilCareers.com managing director, Mark Guest, wrote in a statement accompanying the report. "Encouraging girls to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at school is something that may impact the industry, but only in the future. There are many women around the world who already have related business, science or engineering degrees and still don't consider oil and gas as a career option. This really needs to be addressed for the long-term good of the industry."

Organizational development consultants may help oil and gas drilling companies realize the many benefits that come with employing a diverse workforce.