Consultant day rates increase by 5%

Analysing the market for exploration and production consultants

E&P consultant day rates increase 5%

Consultants currently working in the exploration and production sector are earning on average 5% more than they did in 2016.   This was one of the key findings of the OPC E&P Consultant Market Report 2018.

The report obtained data from nearly 500 consultants throughout the world in April/May 2018, and provides a detailed insight into the current state of professional consulting in the sector.

The average day rate of consultants still able to find work is now $1,146 compared to their average day rate of $1,088 in 2016.

This rate increase comes as no surprise to OPC Chief Operating Officer Barry Shaw.

The research mirrors our experience of the market.  Labour rates continued to drop in 2017 but then levelled off in the last quarter of the year.  In the first half of 2018 there has been a noticeable upward pressure on rates and we have seen some increases of 10% last month – reflecting the demand for specific skills.

Despite the increase, labour rates are still well below their peak in 2013 when the average day rate was $1,465.  Those not currently working would accept an average day rate of just $984, which is nearly a third lower than 2013 rates.

These rates mean that using consultants is an attractive proposition for many oil and gas companies. However, with the oil price continuing to climb, we anticipate demand for certain skills increasing this year, and companies need to move quickly to secure experienced resources at these rates.

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2018 E&P consultant market report

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