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Oil and gas workers in Scotland are the best paid

Oilfield Technology,

People employed in the North East’s booming oil and gas sector are continuing to streak ahead as Scotland’s best paid workers.

s1jobs, a recruitment agency, carried out research for the first time on the top salaried roles advertised on its site in the past year – which revealed that a whopping six out of the top ten are based in Aberdeen.

The top ten salaries ranged between £140,000 - £156,000 with five Granite City roles working in or with the oil and gas industry and another working in an education role for a public sector organisation.

Larger gap between other sectors

Gavin Mochan, Head of Sales at s1jobs, believes the gap compared with jobs elsewhere in Scotland is widening due to a freezing of salaries following the fallout from the economic crisis.

He said: “High salaries in oil and gas are no surprise, but we are definitely seeing evidence the salary gap between the sector and other industries, such as finance, is widening.

Highest salary roles

The top ten list of highest salary roles features an Offshore Safety Coach, a Global Tax Planner and three IT Sales Solutions posts – all involved in the oil & gas sector and based in Aberdeen.   

Gavin continued: “We have around 5,000 new jobs advertised on s1jobs at any given time, running from part-time admin roles to Executive level jobs like these, allowing us to produce a unique picture of the job market in Scotland.

“While it may be alarming to many people that salaries in Oil and Gas are increasing at a greater rate than in other sectors, it is clearly a hugely important industry for the Scottish economy and the job market as a whole.”


Last week the company announced a strategic partnership with QA Apprenticeships to advertise approximately 150 apprentice roles on the website between June-September – the first time high volumes of apprentices positions have been posted.

Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn

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