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Experienced home-grown talent sought by oil & gas industry in Malaysia


Oil & gas companies are continuing to seek experienced local candidates for roles in exploration and production in Malaysia, says recruiting experts Hays.


According to the recruiter’s latest Hays Quarterly Report, jobs have been created for Metering Engineers, QHSE specialists, Lead Process Engineers, Operations Managers and Senior Reservoir Engineers.


“Companies are finding it difficult to identify and engage with candidates with extensive experience, which is where a recruiting expert can assist,” says Lisa Stanhope, Regional Director of Hays in Malaysia.


Employers’ focus on ‘Malaysianisation’ will not only continue but gather momentum this year. This is having a significant impact on the talent available both in terms of volume and availability, particularly at the senior level.”


According to Hays there has been very high demand for local Metering Engineers. “Although there is a significant number of Instrumentation and Control Engineers, only a few specialise in metering. This shortage is the result of a number of large ongoing projects that require these skills,” says Lisa.


“High demand also exists for Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) candidates with an OCTG (Oil Country Tubular Goods) background. Candidates who have all the necessary QHSE and OCTG experience are mostly from overseas, although those who are Malaysian citizens are often willing to come back to Malaysia when offered the right salary package.


“We’re also seeing demand for operations talent in the OCTG industry. These professionals are required to manage operations across Malaysia and interact with key customers. Local talent is sought to interact with machine shop people.”


The recruiter says that some engineering consultancies in Malaysia are planning to use their Malaysia office to support regional and global projects. “As a result of these plans local Lead Process Engineers are being targeted since they will be able to both manage and support these projects,” says Lisa.


“Operators in Malaysia are also looking for experienced local Senior Reservoir Engineers. There is a shortage of candidates as many have either moved recently within Malaysia, or have left the country to explore opportunities abroad,” says Lisa.


As demand is outweighing supply in many key areas, Lisa says that remuneration packages will need to be flexible in order to secure the appropriate talent. “Salaries will increase in areas where there are skills shortages and also lead to an increased emphasis on staff retention strategies.”


For more insight on the areas of staffing demand, please see our Hays Quarterly Report.


Hays is located in Kuala Lumpur at Suite 4 & 5, Level 23, Menara 3, Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre.  Phone +60 3 2786 8600 or email


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