Offshore is taking the lead from shale in oilfield employment, according to recent analysis by Rystad Energy.

The global research consultant analyzed the oilfield service sectors having the highest percent change in employment between 2016 and 2018. The results showed that “the main driver of employment is shifting from shale to offshore,” according to the report published in late July.

“This is a clear effect of the increase in offshore sanctioning,” said Matthew Fitzsimmons, vice president on Rystad Energy’s oilfield services team. “We expect offshore commitments to nearly double from 2018 to 2020, and sustain high levels of spending over the next five years.”

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