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Roustabout

Roustabouts working with equipment in the drilling room

Roustabouts are crew members on offshore oil or gas rigs. They do basic labouring work, mostly on the drilling operation. They keep the drilling area tidy and in good working order. They are also called roughnecks.

The Work

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Pay

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The starting salary for roustabouts is normally in the range of £19,000 to £22,000 per year. (In addition, employers provide accommodation and food, as well as warm and waterproof clothing). With experience, this can rise to around £35,000 a year.

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Getting In

The UK oil and gas industry is located mainly off the east coast of Scotland and England. But there are also fields west of Shetland and in the Irish and North Seas. The employers in the industry include operating companies (usually oil companies) that hold exploration and production licences, drilling companies with contracts to do drilling work and a wide range of other major contractors and companies offering specialist technical services. The main recruitment contacts in Scotland are in the Aberdeen area.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2023
6096
3.1 %
RISE
2028
6285
  United Kingdom
2023
81809
2.8 %
RISE
2028
84106

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What Does it Take?

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You need to be able to:

Training

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