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Improving gender diversity in the Oil and Gas industry

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Article Summary: The Oil & Gas major - BP in collaboration with the prominent online portal - Rig zone, conducted a study (sample size of 3,000 professionals from the industry) to assess the outlook of the industry towards women. Nearly (72%) opined, the sector is a prerogative of the male bastion, and it would take years before the sector opened up to the women workforce, though they felt it was time the sector encouraged women to seek employment. Again, around 60% felt, the maximum increase in the women force would be at the entry level. The importance of the study can be gauged from the fact that nine out of ten surveyed were male. - Jess Potts

The booming Oil & Gas sector is offering excellent career opportunities to women, and increasingly women are leveraging the opportunities to break the glass ceiling in the sector.

As per the Global Diversity and Inclusion Report, the total no of women entering the sector has increased significantly in recent times.

The Oil & Gas major - BP in collaboration with the prominent online portal - Rig zone, conducted a study (sample size of 3,000 professionals from the industry) to assess the outlook of the industry towards women. Nearly (72%) opined, the sector is a prerogative of the male bastion, and it would take years before the sector opened up to the women workforce, though they felt it was time the sector encouraged women to seek employment. Again, around 60% felt, the maximum increase in the women force would be at the entry level. The importance of the study can be gauged from the fact that nine out of ten surveyed were male.

The study also looked at barriers that were hampering the entry of women in the sector. The conclusions include general perception within society, lack of technical skills and responsibilities of managing a family as the chief reasons for discouraging female representation. Among the solutions proposed were executing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs in academic institutions, providing flexible working opportunities and persuading Oil & Gas firms to hire more women as part of an organizational policy.

Industry experts have gone on record that the industry has made significant progress in creating the right environment for women to excel, while generating awareness on the unique opportunities available that are specific to the industry. However, the industry must continuously evolve to fuel its ambitious growth projections, by convincing top notch talent (staying gender neutral) - energy is the way to go.

- Jess Potts

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