BP survey: Oil and gas industry is struggling to attract women

City A.M. Reporter
OIL AND gas remains male dominated even though gender diversity and womens’ career prospects have improved, according to a survey yesterday in which almost a quarter of respondents said the industry was doing a poor job achieving a diverse workforce.

Oil and gas executives have long said that attracting skills and talent to a sector that has boomed over the past decade has become a major headache for companies.

“We’ll never have the best industry if we can’t attract the best talent regardless of gender,” said Paul Caplan, president of Rigzone.

“While barriers still exist and companies can do more to ensure fairness, an oil and gas career offers tremendous global career opportunities, complex problems to solve and above average pay – all reasons talented professionals should consider energy first.”

In the survey, based on 3,062 industry professionals, 11 per cent were women. Some 62 per cent of respondents said they believed the number of women working in the industry had increased in recent years, but 72 per cent said it was still male dominated. Twenty-three per cent said it was doing a very poor or quite poor job increasing diversity, while 39 per cent said it was doing a quite or very good job.

The survey was conducted by oil major BP, and Rigzone, the online oil and gas data resource. BP said women represented 32 per cent of its hires last year.