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About Petroplan

Petroplan is the trusted global recruitment solutions partner for clients and professionals in the oil, gas and energy sector. Our mission is to explore with you, seeking optimum talent solutions for our clients and the very best opportunities for our candidates.

Bringing over 40 years' experience, providing experts and professionals into roles across
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Petroplan - - is the global recruitment specialist for employers and professionals in the oil, gas and energy sector. Our mission is to explore further, seeking the very best contract and permanent recruitment opportunities across the world.

We bring nearly 40 years' experience in sourcing professionals for responsible roles in not only exploration and development engineering projects but also related non-technical disciplines - making us true Energy Talent Explorers. Our specialist discipline knowledge includes Drilling and Well Engineering, Project Management, Subsurface, Subsea and Marine, HSEQ, Construction, Commercial functions and Supply Chain; access to this breadth of roles and candidates makes us very good at what we do.

We have a strong global network, backed with in-depth local insight and solid, established relationships. For candidates, this means a personalised service and the knowledge we'll support them throughout their career. For employers, it means quality candidates, every time - and a significantly reduced hiring period.

At Petroplan, quality and compliance are priorities. As a recruiter, we are members of APSCo, as a partner to the oil and gas industry, we pay special attention to HSEQ, so our contractors are safe and employers have access to candidates with the experience to act safely. We are also members of ISNetworld and FPAL Achilles and are compliant with ISO 9001:2008.

As well as adherence to quality standards, Petroplan recruits its own teams with integrity in mind. We value people who put others before themselves and give them the opportunity to explore and learn new skills. We are not an ordinary recruitment business. We are a people business. So whether you are an employer, contractor or a candidate trusting us to find you a permanent role, your well being is central to our ethos.

Our local offices include: London, Guildford, Aberdeen, Houston, Calgary, Cape Town, Dubai, Oman and Ulsan.

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Petroplan: Energising Oil and Gas - The Telegraph

Global oil, gas and energy recruitment specialist Petroplan ( ) has been profiled by prominent British newspaper The Telegraph in a short documentary entitled "Energising Oil & Gas" that highlights the primary reasons behind the company's success and the critical role it has to play in addressing the skills shortage which has come to define the industry.

The Telegraph's Business Club conducted a series of interviews with key people inside and outside the company to give some keen insights into the heart of Petroplan, which is characterised by a highly personalised approach to doing business.

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Oil and gas industry reflections in 2016 from Petroplan’s founder

In this video, Petroplan’s founder John Reeder gives his views on the challenges and opportunities for today’s oil and gas professionals currently working in the industry. This film has been created as part of Petroplan’s 40th anniversary celebrations. John shares his insights from his own experience of transitioning from a contracting project engineer to a recruitment business owner. Having been both a contractor and recruiter over a very long period in the industry, he gives his view and advice to professionals in how to safeguard their career prospects for the longer term in a sometimes changeable market.


My name is John Reeder, I’m one of the two co-founders of Petroplan which started in 1976, almost 40 years ago. The transition from being a contractor to being a business owner, was interesting. Many of the preconceptions I had as a contractor about agencies, I learned that it wasn’t quite as simple as I, perhaps, thought it was. Conversely, becoming a recruitment agency gave me some, having been a contractor, did give me some insight as to what it was like on the other side of the fence, and how you are a service, to not only the end clients but to the engineers who were working in the field, and you need to anticipate and look after their needs, not just assume they are a cash machine. When we started the company, the most important thing to contractors was that they got paid the right amount and on time, and expenses were properly worked out and any other administrative things like organising travel was done efficiently. I don’t think that has changed. Second to that comes finding good jobs, being honest with people, being honest with clients about candidates, being honest with candidates about the job, not trying to be so desperate to make a placement that you fetch it one way or another because you always get found out. Your professional reputation depends on doing it right. Regarding the long term impact on workers in the industry, or the state that the industry is in today, it’s clearly a very challenging time, but not without hope. Two things, I don’t think hydrocarbon fuels have an end in sight in the short term, but economics and the world of politics keep changing, I see them moving the goal posts. At the same time, there is increasing pressure to look at alternatives, especially renewable ones. That the environmental pressure, plus the cost pressure may make other forms of renewable much more attractive. As far as the UK is concerned, tidal energy is something that’s not been given anything like enough attention. It has the advantage over wind power, that you know that the tide is going to come in and go out every day. You also know that it comes in and goes out every day at a different time all around the coastline, which we’ve got thousands of miles of, so with a bit of wit you can organise a constant supply of energy that wouldn’t fluctuate and wouldn’t be dependent on whether the wind blew. My advice to contractors to increase their opportunities of staying in work and increasing their income would be to stay abreast of what’s going on in the industry. Look for the niche opportunities to hone their skills and acquire skills they don’t necessarily have or maybe need a bit of adaptation. For example, the North Sea has suffered drastically in the downturn of the oil price collapse and yet there are hundreds of platforms that must be decommissioned, abandoned, and the work involved in this won’t apply equally to all disciplines, but many disciplines could have an application within abandonment and decommissioning work. Stay abreast of that and see what’s going on in the press, follow the websites and talk to the clients that you’re working with. Find out what their plans are and what sorts of skills are going to be needed. Much the same would apply to renewables, and eventually all of the skills that we use in oil and gas will apply to many aspects of renewables, so stay abreast of what’s happening. I would definitely recommend a career in oil and gas. Even though the industry is changing, and it’s probably going to be smaller, there has been a long period of insufficient training within the industry so there are skill gaps already. The world is going to carry on wanting fossil fuels for quite a lot of years, and as we’ve touched on earlier, the demand for other forms of energy may provide career opportunities for people who’ve entered through oil and gas. Right, or wrong it still commands some of the best pay opportunities very often opportunities for travel and... not a bad life.

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