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Workforce Housing as a Recruitment and Retention Strategy in the North American Mining and Oil & Gas Industries – The Other 12 Hours Part II: New Challenges

By Graham Chandler, Ph.D.

Executive Summary
North American mining and oil & gas corporations continue to face a shortage of experienced oilfield workers and professionals. A 2014 white paper1 by the author showed record numbers and percentages of workers in these sectors will be retiring, and reluctance of many newer workers to take jobs requiring extended periods away from home will contribute to the deficit. Several strategies were suggested to face the problem; of overriding importance was to address the “other 12 hours” by offering top-quality workforce housing. Since publication of the 2014 paper, world oil prices dramatically collapsed and in the past six to eight months have rebounded to levels that make drilling and production again economic. This adds fresh problems: attracting back laid-off workers and recruiting new ones. This paper addresses the new challenges and offers new solutions including the now even more critical role played by those other 12 hours as a strategy for recruitment and retention.

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