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High Demand For Catering Jobs Offshore

For those seeking jobs offshore, opportunities continue to grow, even with the economic slowdown. Half of the current workforce in the oil and gas industry is retiring in the next 10 years. This is creating a huge labor shortage for the energy companies and drilling contractors, and a huge opportunity for those seeking jobs offshore and on land. There has never been a better time for either experienced or entry-level workers to find jobs offshore.

This growing workforce shortage is creating a groundswell of opportunity for personnel who would like to find an offshore job. Jobs offshore in in 2009 – 2010 is expected to accelerate as the economy begins turning around. While all job categories are experiencing vacancies and shortages, the opportunities are particularly good for offshore cooking jobs and other personnel.

There are many openings for a variety of jobs offshore in catering positions, including , , assistant , night bakers, galley hands, and , and cleaning staff. Offshore catering is typically contracted out and managed by catering and food service companies. The catering contractor is responsible for all food service, to include meals, snacks, and special Holiday requirements. Additionally, the offshore catering service manages the cleaning and upkeep of the kitchen and chow hall, as well as the recreational and common areas and sleeping quarters. The following jobs are in high demand and available now.

Offshore Catering Jobs, Duties and Wages

Camp Boss

The Camp Boss is responsible for running the catering department. He oversees the chefs, cooks, night bakers, stewards, and housekeepers. The rig crew long, hard hours, and an important part of running the operation is ensuring they have adequate energy and good morale. Ensuring that the kitchen puts out great tasting and nutritious food is what the Camp Boss does every day. He is assisted in this responsibility with a small crew of Chefs, Cooks, Night Bakers, Galley Hands and Stewards Stewardesses. Four to Six main courses are prepared and served every 24 hours, split into 12 hour shifts, so that both shifts get good meals. The Camp Boss also manages the Stewards and Stewardesses, ensuring that the rig’s recreation areas, downtime areas and, living quarters are kept clean, and the laundry completed.

Chef Head Cook

For the Chef or Lead Cook position, while previous offshore experience isn’t a requirement, previous cooking experience is. The quality of offshore food preparation is often comparable to the fare one would receive in the nicer Hotels and Restaurants; the food is good, nutritious, and there is lots of it. The Chef plays an important role in keeping morale high among the drilling crews; looking forward to a good meal goes a long way in maintaining job satisfaction. Experience managing a kitchen is a must. This is not an entry-level cooking position, one is expected to have a proven record of preparing quality food. However, those with less experience will be considered for the Galley Hand or Night Cook. Salaries run from the mid 60s – 70s, depending on the rig, the catering service company one is working for, and experience.

Night Baker

This is a very important position on the rig. All bread onboard is baked by the night baker, as well as pastries, muffins and desserts. On smaller rigs, this may be rolled up with the Assistant Cook Sous Chef as one job; on larger rigs, the positions will be two separate jobs. Offshore Night Baker wages will run from the 50s to 60s.

Night Cook

Most people with experience seeking an offshore cooking job will start here. The Night Cook will work the night shift. This is a great position in which to obtain one’s first offshore job. The Assistant Cook will prepare meals according to the recipes and directions of the Chef or Lead Cook. If you do a good job, and prove capable of running the kitchen in the Chef’s absence, you can move into a Lead Cook or Chef’s position fairly quickly. Offshore Assistant Cook wages will range from the mid 50s to mid 60s.

Galley Hand

If you have worked as a dishwasher or busboy in a Hotel or Restaurant for any decent amount of time, you can qualify of an Offshore Galley Hand job. This is a great way to get a foot in the door for those wishing to progress up to Chef or Head Cook – as on the mainland, many Offshore Chefs have gotten their start in the industry by starting at the bottom and working their way up. Offshore Galley Hand wages salary will range from the mid 40s to mid 50s.

Cleaning Housekeeping Staff

Generally speaking, anyone with mainland experience in a janitorial or housekeeping position, especially in industrial facilities or hotels, can qualify for jobs offshore in the same capacity. It is not uncommon for people wanting to break into the industry to accept a cleaning or housekeeping job, get to know people, and then, when the opportunity arises, advancing into a position of greater responsibility. This could be a supply room job, a roustabout job, or moving up the ladder to become a maintenance supervisor. It is quite common for people to start in this sort of position and then make a career in the offshore oil industry, moving in whatever direction they choose. A great way to get the proverbial foot in the door. Offshore Janitorial and Cleaning Housekeeping wages salary will range from the mid 40s to mid 50s.

Steward

The Steward Stewardess position is essentially a combination of Galley Hand and Janitorial Housekeeping responsibilities. On small rigs, these jobs may be rolled into one, and that would be the role of Steward. Offshore Steward wages will range from the mid 40s to mid 50s.

Getting Hired for Jobs Offshore in the Catering Section

For those without industry experience, it has been proven that the fastest way to get hired is to utilize one of the legitimate employment services for jobs offshore. Be sure to work only with honest, legitimate companies that will assist you with getting your resume written correctly for an offshore catering job.They should have references of people who have landed jobs offshore with them. A legitimate recruiter or job finding service will make no guarantees of getting hired, but should guarantee your satisfaction with their services, with a refund if no job is procured.

22 Responses so far.

  1. ruben b.ozaraga says:

    sir/madam good day to you,
    i have the honor to apply in your good office and prestigious company as a chef cook or any vacant position which will be fit to my qualification to wit:
    i’am ruben b. ozaraga 40 yrs of age.a resident of 0517 barra macabalan cagayan de oro city philippines.presently i’m working in luxury cruise ship as a chef cook for nine yrs.now i’am here in the philippines for vacation and now i’m decided to apply in the offshore to searching more future for my family so i end up to here hope i will very soon regarding to my application thanks and god bless…
    respectfully yours
    ruben b.ozaraga

  2. P.M.Sebastian Rajesh says:

    Sir/Madam
    I would like to present my self as a candidate for the post of CAMP BOSS for the prestigious company offered.Name/email id : P.M. Sebastian [email protected]
    Nationality : Indian
    Educational Qualification : * Passed Higher Secondary (+2) State
    Board with 73% 1992 – Chennai
    * Passed Diploma in Hotel Management
    And Catering Technology with 60% 1995.
    Experience : 14 Yrs in the Food and Beverage Industry
    Position

    Senior Hospitality Manager Company Name

    Radha Krishna Hospitality Service (RKHS) Location

    India Duration

    2007-2008

    Operation Manager Grace Valley Industrial Caterers India 2005-2007
    Food Production Manager Eurest Support Service (ESS) Compass Group Iraq 2003-2005
    Site Administrator ESS Iraq 2003-2005
    Chef ESS Iraq 20003-2005
    Dinning Hall Supervisor ESS Kuwait 2003-2005
    Asst. Food and Beverage Manager Beuna Vista Resorts India 2001-2003
    Camp Manager Draieh Catering Services Muscat Oman 1998-2001
    Jr. Catering Manager Industrial Catering Services Jordan 1996-1998
    Asst. F&B Manager Hotel Chandra Towers India 1995-1996

    Presently working with Carnival Cruise Lines as Demi Chef de partie(2008 till date)
    Sebastian rajesh p.m.

  3. chris burnell says:

    been applying for off shore work as roustabout roughneck floorhand etc getting nowhere fast. Have mist bosiet and medical what would I be able to do in catering have no experience??

  4. JADE SIMANGO says:

    Pleasesend me updates of all head chef jobs on oilrigs please.

  5. Basudev Nayak says:

    Respected sir/Madam
    I am applying for offshore work as Roustabout.experience in India offshore platform. and i have done stcw95 course.

  6. sam t.seiwon says:

    Dear sir/madam

    With this information, i therefore apply for the post of cleaner. I am a liberian 23years of age,high school graduate and regrestra student of the university of liberia entrance exam.i have bosiet(basic offshore safry induction emergency training) and also a sea man book.
    I work with mea catering on transocean rig discoverery spirit liberia sierraleone operation 2011-2012, and solmed alliance on ocean rig eirik raude january to march 2013.

    I wait to hear from u soon

    secerely your’s
    sam t. Seiwon
    cell # +231886259925
    Mail: [email protected]

  7. sam t.seiwon says:

    Dear sir/madam

    With this information, i therefore apply for the post of cleaner. I am a liberian 23years of age,high school graduate and regrestra student of the university of liberia entrance exam.i have bosiet(basic offshore safry induction emergency training) and also a sea man book.
    I work with mea catering on transocean rig discoverery spirit liberia sierraleone operation 2011-2012, and solmed alliance on ocean rig eirik raude january to march 2013.
    With the almighty and hope that my post will be treated with respect,

    I wait to hear from u soon

    secerely your’s
    sam t. Seiwon
    cell # +231886259925
    Mail: [email protected]

  8. sam t.seiwon says:

    Dear sir/madam
    Good day and greeting from me

    With this information, i therefore apply for the post of cleaner. I am a liberian 23years of age,high school graduate and regrestra student of the university of liberia entrance exam.i have bosiet(basic offshore safry induction emergency training) and also a sea man book.
    I worked with mea catering on transocean rig discoverery spirit liberia sierraleone operation 2011-2012, and solmed alliance on ocean rig eirik raude january to march 2013. Liberia is a country with high povarty rate that with out a job u are like a cup of tea with out sugar.
    With the almighty,i pray my post will be treated with respect,in other to get something to sustain me and my famil.with my fist offshore job with transocean , i was one of d liberian that was given recomandation letter due to my hard work on the rig
    I graduated in 2010 and due to the above reason in my country,i found it hard to get back to school,and by the almighty an you giving me this job,i believe i can continue my education to the high level.

    I pray to hear from u soon

    secerely your’s
    sam t. Seiwon
    cell # +231886259925
    Mail: [email protected]

  9. Sam T.Seiwon says:

    Dear Sir/Madam:

    Greeting.
    I hereby apply for the post of a Steward.
    I am a Liberian born on August 11 1989, 2010 high school graduate of the Paynesville Central Academy High school in Paynesville City Liberia and a registrar Student of the Liberian University Entrance Exam this year.

    I have the flowing:

    Certificate.
    BOSIET = Basic Offshore Safety Induction Emergency Training Including EBS-5700(incl.of Safety Induction,Sea Survival.HUET With EBS,Basic Fire Fighting And Self Rescue,Emergency First Aid)
    (OPITO APPROVE)
    Certificate No.964757002008110012.
    Held At SMTC Ghana. Valid until 19/08 2015

    Certificate.
    Pathogens Awareness Training
    Held At Transocean Rig,Discoverer Spirit(DSP)

    Certificate.
    Malaria Briefing
    Certificate No.68094467
    Held At Transocean Rig (DSP)

    Medical Certificate of Fitness for Offshore Work
    Issue In Accordance with Oil And Gas Uk Guidelines
    Valid Til August 2013

    Sea Man’s Identification And Record Book
    NO.108955

    Passport No.L04282

    Job Experience:
    2011-2012:Steward,Mea Catering Ghana Limited
    Transocean Rig (DSP)

    January 2013:steward,Ocean Rig Eirik Raude

    March 2013: Laundry Man Ocean Rig Eirik Raude
    went with the Rig To Las Palmas Spain

    Now in Liberia,it not jest easy without a job,since i graduated
    2010,it not jest easy to get back to school because of financial
    problem,and also being a man with a family, you have to get something doing in other to sustain Your family.

    With the Almighty and You Giving me this Job,I believe
    success have come to me and my family.

    I stop Here Waiting To hear From You

    Securely Your’s

    Sam T.Seiwon

    Cell # +231-886259925

    Mail: [email protected]

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  11. OLeksandr says:

    Good day dier Sir/Madam .My name Oleksandr Buraga.I am a Cook with the 12-years experience on ships.I worked on different types of vessels,including Dry Cargo,Contanier and Multipurpose vessels for German,Dutch,Norway owners.I also worked two contract on Cable Lay and Platform Supply vessels.Mainly all my crew were international.I can cook various types of cuisines.I would like to find Cook job on ship.Please find my CV attached.I would like to thank you for taking the time to review my application and hope to hear from you soon.Yours faithfully,Oleksandr

  12. Hi iv just look at the site and seen there are jobs on the oil rigs for stewards . How do I contact the companies and which companies are looking for staff ? .

    Regards michael pinder

  13. Rose Pekepo says:

    I’m ex navy and work in the mines as a casual at the moment while I push for offshore work as a chef. Iv been a chef for nearly 9years and just want to go cack to sea through the offshore industry.. I’ve done my Cstp bosiet and huet got a current AMSA and misc dobe just need someone to take me.. I live in perth any help would be much appreciated

    Thankyou
    Rose Pekepo

  14. Emilie Majaducon says:

    Applying for stewardess with valid u.s. Visa b1-OCS and c1-d

  15. sabhesan rajendran says:

    Dear sir, i am sabhesan i am from india. Now i am working qatar. I am fines food &beverage production. Experience 9 years.indian cook. I want any job sir.

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  18. suvendunayek says:

    need cook job

  19. Tiernan fox says:

    To whom it may concern
    I’ve been a chef for 21 years now I have done apprenticeship and I am a fully qualified chef I have worked in a vast variety of hospitality environments I would love to give offshore work a go, I’m happy, hardworking, energetic personality will be an asset to your team please email for further details
    Looking toward for your reply
    Yours truely
    Tiernan fox

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  21. i need a night cook job i have nearly 20 years experience in the catering field. I can also send contactable references. Please forward me available vacancies please.

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