MSP “inundated” with job concerns

Thousands of workers have lost their jobs following the industry downturn
Thousands of workers have lost their jobs following the industry downturn

A North-east politician says she has been “inundated” with more claims by former oil and gas workers of discrimination in the jobs market.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin recently called for an investigation after constitutents warned they were being turned away from prospective roles over fears they would return to the sector when the oil price recovered.

Ms Martin, wrote to UK Employment Minister Damian Hinds about the issue, which was then forwarded to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

She has yet to receive a response from the UK Government.

Since 2014, an estimated 120,000 people have been made redundant due to the industry downturn, according to figures from industry body Oil & Gas UK.

The MSP said: “I have been inundated with correspondence from oil and gas workers since revealing worrying evidence from constituents of job discrimination.

“It is shocking to see the breadth of discrimination against skilled people who have been hit hard by the downturn and simply want to return to employment.

“I will be continuing to take this matter forward at the highest level to raise awareness of how companies are simply outright dismissing talent from the sector.”

One worker, who has 40 years’of experience in the oil and gas industry, said: “I hope that the call for an investigation into these matters is successful as there are far too many ex-oil and gas workers who have been abandoned and forgotten.”

Another job seeker said: “I have applied to companies around the city and country, and I am either told I am over qualified, over experienced or I am simply using them as a stepping stone until things pick up...sorry, but I am looking for work, that’s all I am doing.”