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Future of Offshore Outsourcing

In a recent survey on the outcome of outsourcing, 80% of the respondents claimed that outsourcing had improved their competitive advantage in their market place. A further 87% said that their internal processes had improved since they began outsourcing and finally 77% said that their costs had substantially dropped since they moved work offshore. All this reveals on simple truth. Offshore outsourcing is here to stay. The question is where will it be.

Originally when offshore outsourcing began, India and China were the ideal destinations – India because of its large population of English speaking people and China for their computer skills. Both nations enjoyed a substantially lower labor cost than the leading developed nations. However over time, while the skills in both countries have continued to develop and strengthen, labor cost has increased. Many have said that it is only a matter of time before the cost arbitrage that got outsourcing started in the first place will cease to exist as normalization occurs.

That doesn’t mean that outsourcing will stop. It just means that newer cheaper locations will be used. From an employment perspective, if you are willing to travel then this career could be a long and lucrative one. Any company choosing to move their work overseas would be thrilled if staff members wanted to move with the process. Consequently, don’t assume that if outsourcing leaves the country in which you are residing, you will lose out on your career. You will be encouraged if not enticed into traveling with the process, a move that is usually beneficial for all involved.

However this is a long way off. Current projections show that India, a country, which currently employs 800,000 outsourcing employees, will increase this figure to 2 million jobs over the next five years. Things are certain to get better before they get worse, so this is the time to jump on the bandwagon and build your experience.

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Rig Safety Man or Medic

This position has become relevant over the last 10 years as rig safety came to the forefront. Many companies preferred to have a trained and experienced medical professional on board the rig to assist with any emergencies. This individual would also have a role to play with respect to rig safety. To become a rig medic, you need prior medical training and experience.

Top Oil and Gas Jobs Broken Down

offshore oil rigWith the current economic downturn you may be thinking of changing employers for better pay. In case you have thought about joining the offshore industry and was wondering on which jobs you can apply, below is a list of top oil and gas jobs you can give a shot.

The offshore oil and gas industry employs both professionals and non trained staff. You need not to worry if you do not have a university degree, you may work as a truck driver; offshore rigs use trucks to move equipment and to haul away water or oil. To pass as a truck driver you will need to have a little mechanic and supervisory skills to get this $50,000 a year job.

Are you an engineer who specializes in measuring? The offshore industry most definitely needs you than you may need them. You will be mandated to ensure that the drilling process is conducted effectively. You will however need some technical experience to land this $90,000 a year job.

The offshore industry greatly relies on geologists as it form the foundation all drilling processes. Geologists basically determine where the offshore rig will be located. For this $120,000 a year job you will need to have a Bachelor of Science degree to get hired.

All offshore oil and gas rigs need to have a drilling consultant who manages the daily running of the rig. As a drilling consultant your task will be to ensure that all operations are smoothly undertaken without any hitch. For this $200.000 a year job you will need to ensure there are enough supplies at the offshore rig at any particular time.

Offshore Jobs – Learning What to Expect When Looking

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Being knowledgeable in many fields is critical when looking for an offshore job, especially when looking for an oil rig job or one in the gas industry.  One thing you should start with is to know that the job is going to be very physical. However, don’t forget that physical jobs have their own rewards. A person starting off in an oil rig position is paid anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 annually.  Such a person is characterized by having little or no experience. However, more money is made as experience increases.  This is explained well by the fact that worker demand exceeds the supply of people who are in line to work in this area.

Not all offshore jobs are on oil rigs or the gas industry, but all offshore jobs typically require one to be away from home for weeks or months.  There are also other requirements and they include having a clean bill of health on top of being in a good physical condition. Some areas don’t provide medical care and this is enough reason to know if you are a high risk person. Thus, qualification may be difficult for someone with health risks.

Roles in the Offshore Drilling Industry

There are literally a variety of roles that you can choose from if you want to become part of the offshore drilling industry. Some require little or no skills while others require college degrees. Depending on your age and stage in life, personal ambition and interest, you need to decide on which role would work best for you. The below chart depicts what a rig crew essentially consists of.

Getting Offshore Jobs

Offshore jobs are sometimes difficult to get if you don’t have the right skills required. For you to be granted a job at international level, you need to have acquired adequate experience to help you in developing your experience fast. Read on how to get offshore jobs.

The first step that people who are looking for jobs offshore should do is to investigate the kind of jobs available. This information can be obtained from relatives and friends who are abroad. You can also research the requirements of the job in the Internet. Ensure that the job you choose is the right one for you.

Determine the qualifications you hold. Some of offshore jobs are awarded on experience and level of education. Write a good CV or resume with adequate details on how you qualify. There are some courses that will require degrees while there are others that require high school diploma.

Get a thorough health examination. Most foreign employees require health individuals only to work for them. Attach the health certificate, resume/CV and the cover letter and send them to the recruiter. You should then start preparing for an interview. Get ready with adequate information to prove that you are rich in information.

Summing Up

The offshore drilling industry has a great many roles and if you are someone inclined towards blue-collar manual labor, it can present you with an excellent opportunity to make good money doing what you love. Entry-level positions are aplenty and there is an ever-growing demand for eager young men and women in the industry. It is a life of adventure and excitement, one that many engineering and geology graduates choose to pursue in an attempt to live an outdoor life while at the same time using their education qualifications. So now that you are aware of all the different areas in which you can find your niche, the next step is to learn the best ways of finding a job.

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Work Life – Working Week and Shift

Drilling offshore by its very name implies that you will be working on a platform or ship in the middle of an ocean. It means you have to live on the site for a specified period and work a specific number of hours a day.

Number of Working Days

Oil rigs vary on their working day patterns but are consistent in providing the same number of days off as days on. So essentially whatever you earn for the year corresponds to 6 months of work on a rig. The schedule can vary from 14 days on and 14 days off, 21 days on and 21 days off or 28 days on and 28 days off. Very few organizations expect their workers to work longer than a 28-day stretch however if the replacement crew doesn’t arrive or the replacing worker fails to show up, extended support may be expected.

There are no off days on the rig. You will be expected to work on all the days of your schedule without any break. Similarly your time off is completely yours to enjoy. You will not be asked to ‘drop by the office’ for a meeting; it’s literally impossible as the office is in a remote location accessible only by helicopter or ship. At the same time, rarely can you ask for an extension of your time off. The crew offshore needs to be relieved and without you, at least one crewmember cannot be relieved. Unless there is a dire emergency, you will not be given any impromptu or extended time off.

Working Hours

A typical shift on an oil rig is 12 hours long with a lunch break and 2 fifteen minute coffee breaks. Your shift timings could vary from conventional schedules. A number of companies take advantage of the 24-hour presence of workers and run two shifts requiring half the team to work through the night and the remaining to work through the day. Meals are provided at designated times depending on the shift schedules. Smoking is permitted in most rigs but only in designated areas and only during your breaks or non-working periods.

Offshore Outsourcing – Think Smart

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Some companies have high production costs that can negatively affect their profitability. This makes these kinds of companies resolve to some smart ideas that involve outsourcing. This decreases production costs while increasing the output and interest of the company.

Offshore outsourcing allows growth of a business. When most of the work is outsourced, the costs of operations are generally reduced. The saved income is that used to expand the business.

Another benefit of outsourcing is the fact that the labor is paid at a very low rate.  These rates are low in the countries where this work is coming from but is high in the countries that are doing the work. This wage difference is as a result of economic differences.

The shipping out of work allows business to operate more adequately for 24 hours. However, it is recommended that companies should only give out approximately 30% of their work. This will allow the staff of the company to do the rest of the work. Besides, work done by personal staff is sometimes of greater quality, increasing the level of the services got from the company.

New jobs are created with the process of outsourcing articles. This is an advantage, as there are several employees who benefit from this program.