Employer Support

Support and Resources for Employers

Employers are competing for the best and brightest. The traditional labour pool is shrinking. Acceleration of technologies and innovation across the energy sector is changing occupations, skills and the knowledge needed to be successful.

Selecting a Career Path

In choosing a career path, an individual needs to understand the industry, the career opportunities and the employer. As an employer, understanding how innovation and technologies are changing occupations, what skills are growing in demand, and how you can address any skill gaps are key to developing your workforce.

Attraction and Retention

Employers not only assess the suitability of an individual for a job, but are also responsible for creating the experiences to retain them.

PetroLMI is a go-to source for Cenovus when we are looking for reliable information to support our engagement with stakeholders. The data and communications materials they provide help us explain the valuable contribution of our industry in a manner that’s relevant to multiple audiences.

Rhona DelFrari, Chief Sustainability Officer & SVP Stakeholder Engagement, Cenovus Energy

Polytechnics Canada recommends the Careers in Oil + Gas website as a valuable resource for employers, jobseekers and learners looking to keep pace with new and emerging trends in Canada’s energy sector. The combination of career tools, reports and labour market information help to support a sustainable, resilient and innovative workforce.

Matt Henderson, Senior Policy Analyst, Polytechnics Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for resources to support your attraction and retention efforts? Below are the questions we are most frequently asked:

We offer the following:

  • Annual analysis and insights into longer-term employment requirements, hiring projections and labour supply. Using a proprietary forecasting model, we currently forecast employment for 67 occupations (which represents 80% of the workforce) in the following sub-sectors in Canada:
    • Exploration and production (E&P) (activity for conventional and unconventional oil and gas reserves, excluding oil sands)
    • Oil sands (extraction, production and upgrading bitumen)
    • Oil and gas services (contracted exploration, extraction and production services to the E&P, oil sands and pipeline sub-sectors) and, 
    • Pipelines (mainline transmission for transporting crude oil and natural gas production).
  • Workforce trends and insights – using current or historical data collected from industry and other sources, we explore workforce skills, occupation and demographic shifts. This may include a focus on labour market statistics, labour supply data, in-demand jobs, skills or labour gaps, hiring locations or best practices for attracting and retaining workers. 
  • Employment and Labour Data interactive dashboard – which provides monthly labour force data from Statistics Canada within the following industry sub-sectors: exploration and production (including oil sands), oil and gas services, and pipelines transmission. 

Visit our News page for hiring resources, including findings on labour supply and government grants available.

Many jobs in other industries have skills and qualifications that are transferable to careers in the energy industry. We have developed a tool that compares 29 careers in energy against jobs in nine other industries – agribusiness, construction, high technology, industrial manufacturing, military, petrochemical manufacturing, renewable energy/clean technology and supply chain.

Across all industries complex problem solving, people management and skills such as negotiation, listening skills and critical thinking are more in demand. 

Increasingly, employers are looking for workers who are comfortable with changing work trends and digital, data-driven, less-structured environments. 

Our COVID series released in the fall of 2020 shares the opportunities, skills and training energy workers and employers believe are in demand. 

Currently, about 6,000 energy workers are employed in information technology – and that is growing. These workers are vital to digitizing the workplace.

Occupations include: 

  • Automated Systems Technician and Technologist
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Network Administrator
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Database Administrator
  • Technology Architect 

We have created “Not Your Grandpa’s Energy Industry” a podcast featuring interviews with energy workers in new, interesting and expanding careers, as well as those who have switched careers completely. Other episodes focus on the latest industry trends. Tell others about it!  We are always looking to share more stories so let us know if your company has one to share! 

We have also developed a “Day in the Life” series which tells the story of a typical day of employees in a variety of different roles in the energy industry. Let us know if there’s a staff member in your organization we should spotlight! 

Additional Support

If you’re looking for specific data, resources or tools – reach out to our employer liaison Lisa Pollio.