Economic Report 2011
The demographics of the industry have in the past raised concerns about an increasingly ageing work force. However, recent studies have revealed a more optimistic picture than is commonly perceived, with the average age of the offshore workforce being 41 years which is the expected average for a workforce generally in a range from 20 to 60 years. Figure 45 shows the distribution of ages of all offshore workers and female workers, in particular. Whilst females make up a small percentage of the offshore workforce, their average age is lower than that of males, indicating that in recent years, more women have been attracted to working offshore.
The oil and gas fields of the UKCS are widely distributed along the length of the North Sea, with much smaller numbers in the east Irish Sea (Morecambe and Liverpool Bays) and to the west of Shetland. Helicopters from Aberdeen, Humberside and the Norwich area are used to transport the workforce to the North Sea’s fields. Analysis of the home addresses of such personnel has been carried out from data held on the Vantage Database and the results have been plotted on the map in Figure 45. This shows their residential locations and, the larger the diamond, the greater the number of offshore personnel from that area. As expected, there are clear concentrations around the main oil and gas service centres but, more interestingly, there are offshore personnel travelling from home locations stretching from the Scilly Isles to the Shetland Isles, including Northern Ireland. The industry is drawing on people from the length and breadth of the country.