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Explosion in Nordic shortage of oil industry engineers

The shortage of engineers in the offshore sector is not only an issue in Denmark where companies have had to outsource jobs to Asia. Norway is now short of 16,000 engineers according to new figures.

The engineer shortage within the North Sea offshore sector has gone from bad to catastrophic within just a year. A lot of Danish offshore companies, such as Semco Maritime, are not able to hire the necessary number of engineers and have had to outsource jobs to Singapore where it is still possible to hire qualified manpower.

The growth in the offshore sector has resulted in a much higher need of engineers in Norway. In just a year, from 2010 to 2011, the shortage of engineers has grown from 7,000 to 16,000 according to Dagens Næringsliv, a Norwegian newspaper who has asked if the situation is getting desperate.

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