More LNG workers will be employed by contractors

ENERGY Skills Queensland's 2013 Queensland CSG to LNG Workforce Plan has revealed more workers will be employed through supply chain contractors than as direct employees of gas companies in the future.

The plan outlines the operations and maintenance workforce needed in Queensland from 2014 to 2034, including the identification of more than 20 critical skills and occupations.

ESQ chief executive officer Glenn Porter said the research identified the upstream CSG workforce would require the largest staff numbers and it was anticipated 65 per cent of workers would be contractors.

"There is now a greater understanding of the required contracting workforce and updated project figures meaning the peak workforce numbers have more than doubled from original estimates," Mr Porter said.

"Arrow Energy, Conoco Phillips, Origin Energy, Santos and QGC provided their company workforce data and information regarding their projected workforce needs, which we have aggregated into this industry skills demand forecast."

Read more at the Queensland Energy and Mining Bulletin here.