These graphs are all based off the hiring tendencies from 2013 but the survey did include an estimate of a possible 2,000 new employees into Marcellus companies throughout 2014. So far the majority of the 2014 hires have fallen into three sub-sectors, engineering and construction; midstream and pipeline; and operations and maintenance. The change in hiring for 2014 is estimated to come from the pipeline industry, as more and more projects start up in Pennsylvania.
In the last few years companies and organizations within the industry started to make a push for more oil and gas education and employee recruiting as ways to build a Pennsylvania based workforce. Companies in this industry want to hire from within the state and are making an effort to ensure that the applicant pool is ready, willing and close to home. The 2013 data DID show an increase in local hires within the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale, especially in Pennsylvania.
A good portion of the MSC’s survey focuses on recruiting and education. They even include a section that points out which positions companies have difficulties filling.
The survey points to the continued growth within the Marcellus Shale and verifies the many positive impacts that shale development can have for communities and individuals. This type of annual report also points to places were improvements can be made across the industry to better serve our communities with continued opportunity and growth.