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A large study focusing on the perceptions of oil and gas professionals since the start of the global downturn has revealed which operators and service companies are rated highest by those in the industry. The survey was based on key issues such as values, performance and pay rates.

More than 3000 companies were named in the survey. However, Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP and Halliburton were the top five companies according to the Ideal Employer Survey 2016, undertaken by Rigzone. The study attracted responses from approximately 8400 people in over 100 countries.

The research was carried out between July and September 2016 and industry professionals ranked companies based on 19 questions that focused on qualities.

Globally, a commitment to health and safety was the single most important attribute for people in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Competitive salary, interesting and challenging work, and corporate integrity were equal second. Workplace culture and training and development programmes (placed in joint third.

Bucking the general global trend, respondents in the UK and Africa had different number one ideal employers compared to the other regional breakdowns. The UK cited BP as their top ideal employer, followed by Shell, Chevron, Maersk and ExxonMobil.

In Africa, Chevron came out on top, followed by ExxonMobil and then Shell.

In the Middle East, Saudi Aramco was second, behind Shell, with Schlumberger in third, Halliburton fourth and BP as fifth. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) ranked sixth.

James Bennett, Rigzone’s Managing Director said: “The results are revealing as this is the first major survey to be conducted with the global workforce, and against a background of continuing challenging economic circumstances for the sector.”

On coming first in the survey, Shell’s HR VP for the UK, Ireland, Nordics and South Africa, Jonathan Kohn, said: “Shell people are our strongest ambassadors and we are proud of the quality of the people that we've got. I think it's pretty clear and central to the group's strategy that having that access to quality people really is part of how we compete to win.”

Kohn added: "We have made a strong commitment to try to maintain our graduate recruitment through the whole cycle. We typically recruit in the range of 800 - 1100 graduates per year around the world. We are at the bottom end of that range at the moment… But that is still a very substantial commitment.”

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