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Overseas Health Insurance News: Middle East oil and gas industries still dependant on expat workers

The oil and gas sectors in the Middle East are still reliant on workers coming from the expatriate community, according to a new report.

More than half of the industries' employees are made up of foreigners, the OilCareers.com study found, reports Trade Arabia.

This situation is unlikely to change in the near future, as demanding projects and high levels of work make the region appealing for skilled expats.

Mark Guest, managing director at OilCareers.com, told the news provider: "These latest findings are certainly exciting for job seekers. For those already based in the Middle East, it opens up wide ranging possibilities for career progression and change.

"For those looking to experience work in an area with attractive employment packages and stable prospects, this is an excellent time to capitalise on the available opportunities."

New projects, such as those on brownfield sites in Iraq and offshore exploration at the deepwater Tamar field in Israel, are helping to buoy the job market, with these expecting to contribute 58 per cent to the overall jobs market.

This latest set of data backs up the findings of the Global Oil & Gas Workforce Survey, which was conducted earlier in the year.

It concluded that 88 per cent of respondents expected total hires to either increase or stay the same in the region.

The Middle East looks set to stay strong in the sectors with high levels of activity planned, making it a big hydrocarbon producer and employer.

Mr Guest surmised that the employment outlook for the region is positive with demand particularly high in construction and operational roles.

"The requirement for construction and operations and maintenance roles is predicted to be the highest, with over 90 per cent of future vacancies in the region expected to relate to these job functions," he said.

Relocating to the Middle East means adopting a different lifestyle, but the benefits are large for those who undertake such a change.

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