Rigzone Surveys Reveal Employer, Candidates Behavior during Downturn


The oil and gas industry is in the midst of what has been dubbed “a new normal cost environment” spurred by the global low price for oil which has been ongoing for several months. Findings from Rigzone’s recent surveys targeting both job-seekers and employers reveal how the industry’s employers and job candidates are affected by lower commodity prices.


Workplace safety and strong leadership are the most important considerations to job candidates when choosing a new employer, while salary and the opportunity for growth are the most critical considerations when searching for their next career opportunity, according to Rigzone’s recent survey of more than 200 job-seekers across the globe.

The survey reveals 72 percent of job-seekers consider workplace safety “extremely important,” and 50 percent consider a strong leadership team “extremely important.” Job candidates considering their next job opportunity find a competitive salary (59 percent) the most critical consideration while 52 percent say the opportunity for job growth is the most critical consideration.

Further, the survey finds job candidates are seeking trustworthy leaders who are compassionate and possess significant industry experience. More than three-fourths of respondents (78 percent) ranked honest and trustworthiness as extremely important while 54 percent each ranked compassion and industry knowledge as extremely important.

With nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of survey respondents aged 35 and older, their responses in regard to qualities they look for in a leader align with those of millennials (ages 18-34), evidenced by Rigzone’s global survey of millennials. The survey of millennials found 45 percent prefer a trustworthy manager, followed by 25 percent who preferred leaders have experience and industry knowledge.

The global hiring survey also revealed how candidates are attacking the job search. Almost half of respondents (45 percent) find industry-specific job boards the most valuable in their job search, followed by employer websites (16 percent) and personal networks or friends in the industry (16 percent). While the oil and gas industry’s low oil price has been the cause for thousands of layoffs across the globe, candidates remain loyal to the industry. Despite current market conditions, 63 percent of surveyed respondents are not considering leaving the industry. And 82 percent of respondents are willing to relocate for a new job opportunity.        


While Rigzone’s job-seeker survey shows candidates are willing to ride out the current downturn and remain in the field, they are also willing to do so for less money, according to Rigzone’s Q3 2015 global hiring survey. The survey of almost 300 global employers and recruiters reveals that 70 percent of candidates are willing to accept less money for positions compared to 2Q 2015. And 82 percent of employers see an increase in the number of highly qualified, experienced candidates, with 43 percent seeing a significant increase.

On the hiring side of things, the survey reveals a dismal picture: 34 percent of employers anticipate substantially less hiring compared to last quarter. Additionally, 65 percent of employers believe layoffs in the next six months are likely, with 29 percent who believe layoffs are very likely. Despite a decrease in hiring plans, 63 percent of employers believe it’s important to invest in company branding campaigns during the downturn.

Employers and recruiters are finding several different methods effective in attracting millennial candidates. One-quarter of respondents find social media to be extremely effective in attracting millennial candidates. Additionally, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of employers use social media to examine candidates during the recruitment process.   







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