The number of people seeking jobs within the oil and gas industry has climbed sharply over the last few months.

According to new findings from oil and gas recruitment firm, recruitment activity within the sector is at its highest level since early 2009.

Both online recruitment advisors and candidates are showing high levels of activity, found the research.

The number of candidates searching online for jobs within the oil and gas industries – from maintenance engineers to drilling supervisors and quantity surveyors – is said to have risen both in the UK and abroad, with the number of available job opportunities also said to be skyrocketing.

Managing director of, Mark Guest, told, “March 2011 was a significant month […] in terms of highlighting the increasing amount of activity that is taking place in the field of recruitment. Applicants are, on average, mirroring the activity levels of early 2009.

“Despite a fluctuating oil price over the past few months, unrest in the Middle East and the tax hikes in the UK, the industry continues to drive business forward,” he added.

Geoff Newman from online recruiter Recruitment Genius is also experiencing an increased number of vacancies within the oil and gas industry.

“After the budget the oil and gas sector seemed to be in the doldrums, almost threatening to pull out of the North Sea altogether. However recent high oil prices have made exploration of previously difficult sites more profitable and hence recruitment is inevitable. Furthermore a number of British firms are having success around the Falklands leading to more speculation.”

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