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Divers carry out a range of tasks underwater, either inshore (such as rivers or lochs) or offshore (sea and ocean), depending on the type of diving and what industry they work in. This could include engineering, marine science, recreational or armed services.

In Scotland, most professional divers work offshore, primarily in the oil and gas industry.

The Work

There are four types of commercial diving:

As a diver in the offshore oil and gas industry, you could be:

Divers work in various other fields as well as in the oil and gas industry. Their duties vary, in some cases, diving is only a small part of the job, in others, it is a major part.

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries vary considerably, depending on:

Divers salaries vary greatly depending on the type of work you do. Some divers are paid a daily rate.

Inshore divers carrying out unskilled work can earn around £100 to £120 a day. On average, they work around 180-200 days a year. However divers working regularly on offshore wind projects can earn up to £100,000 a year.

Offshore divers in Scotland can earn around £600 a day. On average, they work around 120-150 days a year.

Experienced saturation divers working offshore can earn £1000 a day or more.

Police and Armed Forces divers salaries are in line with salaries for these organisations. See their websites for further details.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
9231
1.9 %
RISE
2023
9408
  United Kingdom
2018
103819
1.9 %
RISE
2023
105761

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

Video

Courtesy of Police Scotland

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Energy Institute
Tel: 020 7467 7100
E-mail: info@energyinst.org
Website: http://www.energyinst.org
Twitter: @EnergyInstitute

Health and Safety Executive (Scotland) - Offshore Oil and Gas
Website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/offshore/
Twitter: @H_S_E

Oil & Gas UK
Tel: 01224 577250
E-mail: info@oilandgasuk.co.uk
Website: http://oilandgasuk.co.uk
Twitter: @oilandgasuk

OPITO
Tel: 01224 787800
E-mail: myoilandgascareer@opito.com
Website: http://www.opito.com
Website (2): http://www.myoilandgascareer.com/
Twitter: @OPITOGlobal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OPITOglobal

OPITO provides services to the oil and gas industry relating to health and safety, education and skills training.

Scottish Sub-Aqua Club
Tel: 0131 625 4404
E-mail: hq@scotsac.com
Website: http://www.scotsac.com/
Twitter: @ScotSAC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScotSAC/

Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)
E-mail: info@sut.org
Website: http://www.sut.org.uk/
Twitter: @SUT_news
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SUT.org/

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