The ‘People Problem’

At 9th Annual Human Resources Technology Conference and Exposition in Chicago this month, Occidental and Hess revealed e-HR solutions to the ‘people problem’. With help from AVEVA, Petrobras has focused on training-up local design engineers.

You’ve all heard of the ‘people problem’, the personnel shortage that has resulted from the fast ramp-up in oil and gas activity brought on by high oil prices. While information technology (IT) has already greatly enhanced knowledge workers’ productivity, oil and gas companies are now seeking even greater efficiency by leveraging IT to manage the workforce and supplier relationships.


Exhibitors at the 9th Annual Human Resources Technology Conference and Exposition (HRTCE) in Chicago this month reported take-up of e-HR solutions targeting oil and gas recruitment. New Jersey-based iCIMS was showing off its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) iRecruiter solution. iRecruiter was deployed earlier this year by Occidental Oil & Gas to create a global hiring management process for its 7,000-strong workforce. Oxy was faced with problems including poor international collaboration, a ‘cumbersome’ resume-management process and an inability to attract and communicate with candidates.

Applicant tracking

Oxy recruiters’ wish list included large-scale resume management, worldwide screening capabilities and communication tools for recruiters. Oxy also wanted a tool that would make it easy for candidates to apply online and to facilitate applications from international candidates without web access. With about a third of its recruiters in the Middle East, Oxy needed to find a solution that would offer a consistent international hiring process.


Gwen Hill, Oxy’s Strategic Staffing Specialist explained why iCIMS was selected, ‘iCIMS stood out on every point of our evaluation criteria. iCIMS allows us to run a collaborative global recruitment program, eliminating the paper process and allowing us to track our candidates and employment opportunities around the world. We have seen a huge increase in the number of quality applicants we have identified since implementing iRecruiter.’


Hess Corp., along with solutions provider Authoria, presented its integrated approach to ‘talent management’ at the HRTCE. Hess uses Authoria’s products for recruiting, performance management, compensation management and benefit/policy communication.


Petrobras is tackling shortage of skilled designers in the booming oil and gas market under the auspices of the Brazilian government’s Prominp program. This seeks to increase the local content of equipment and service suppliers and provide more trained personnel. In this context, UK-based Aveva is working with Petrobras to train Brazilian engineers to work on modeling Petrobras refineries. To date more than 300 designers have graduated from these schemes.

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