Aker Solutions is set to recruit 300 staff at its Aberdeen operation and create 200 positions at the company’s newly established west London engineering office.
According to a statement, the move follows a successful start to the year for the oil and gas engineering and technology services company, which has increased its order backlog by 19 per cent since 1 January. It added that market outlook for both the UK and the Norwegian North Sea, as well as Brazil, West Africa and the Asia-Pacific region remains strong.
The majority of positions in Aberdeen are for the subsea technology business, where 200 new posts will be created. A further 70 positions are being recruited to support work for maintaining and upgrading North Sea oil platforms in order to extend their field life.
Similarly, over the next year, Aker Solutions aims to hire approximately 200 engineering personnel to its new London offices, with a target of 500 by the end of 2015. Located in Chiswick Park, this global engineering hub will support field development projects for the North Sea and worldwide.
‘Our company has had a historical presence in London, so this is a re-entry into an engineering market we know very well. So far, we have received more than 2,000 job applications, which underlines that there is scope to grow this business rapidly,’ said Valborg Lundegaard, head of engineering at Aker Solutions.
Alan Brunnen, managing director with Aker Solutions in Aberdeen, added: ‘We anticipate that workload levels will remain high over the coming years, which is why we are staffing up our UK organisation now. We want to be well placed to capitalise on future opportunities that arise in our markets’.