Now available! Rotating, Not Relocating: Alberta’s Oil + Gas Rotational Workforce

In the last decade, rotational work arrangements have grown in number, becoming commonplace and essential to oil and gas operations, as well as construction and maintenance projects related to the industry. However, little is publicly known about the thousands of skilled workers who rotate in and out of northern Alberta’s remote oil and gas worksites.

PetroLMI’s latest HR Trends and Insights report,  Rotating, Not Relocating: Alberta’s Oil and Gas Rotational Workforce, highlights that Alberta’s rotational workforce is not a temporary business choice, but rather an ongoing business requirement that supports industry growth and Canada’s economic well-being.

This report aims to serve the needs and interests of multiple audiences – the provincial government, workers, career planners, communities, camp operators and more. It describes the nature and experience of Alberta’s oil and gas rotational workforce and attempts to demystify what has become an established industry practice where little information exists.

Some key findings:

  • Camp companies with international operations have described closed camps and lodges in the oil sands as world class.
  • Contrary to the perception that rotational workers are generally young and single, the research indicates that more rotational workers are older and married, or in common-law relationships.
  • There is no best rotation. Rotations with equal work and time off are the most effective at ensuring workers get enough downtime.
  • The rotational lifestyle isn’t for everybody. Workers who engage in rotational work solely for financial benefits tend to be less satisfied and less likely to remain employed in this work arrangement for any significant period of time.

Read the report and supporting fact sheet.

Read the news release.

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