International oil services company Aker Solutions says it is will be creating up to 500 new jobs in the UK over the next year as the company looks to grow its business in places like the North Sea and Brazil.
The announcement comes after a successful start to 2011. Since January 1st, Aker has increased its order backlog by 19% and says the market outlook for both the UK and Norwegian North Sea, as well as Brazil, West Africa and Asia Pacific remains strong.
“Last year we decided to take a much more proactive recruitment approach. Since then our strategy has been to man up ahead of the big waves of work that we know are coming. That offers much greater predictability for our customers and ourselves,” says Alan Brunnen, a managing director with Aker Solutions in Aberdeen.
Aker Solutions will be adding 300 staff to its Aberdeen office and create 200 positions at its new west-London engineering office.
The majority of the positions in Aberdeen will be for the subsea technology business, where 200 new jobs will be created. An additional 70 positions will be added to support the maintenance and upgrading of existing North Sea oil platforms. In addition, Aker Solutions’ well service business, which provides technologies and services for increasing oil recovery from producing wells, will require a number of technical and ancillary personnel. The company’s drilling technology business, which provides drilling systems and life-cycle services to support new generation drilling assets, will also require some new talent.
Meanwhile at its new offices in London, Aker Solutions aims to hire approximately 200 engineering personnel over the next year, with a target of 500 by the end of 2015. Located in Chiswick Park, the global engineering hub will support field development projects in the North Sea and worldwide.