Most North Sea oil workers want independent Scotland, survey finds

A survey by recruitment website Oil and Gas People found that 64% plan to vote Yes in September.

Oil Workers: Unions want more holiday leave for offshore workers.
© STV

Most North Sea oil and gas workers will vote in favour of an independent Scotland, according to a new survey.

A poll of more than 1000 workers by recruitment website Oil and Gas People found that 64% plan to vote Yes in September.

In a separate survey, more than half of 5000 workers surveyed said they wanted to see more investment in British training.

Another 31% said production and efficiency of oil fields needs to be “improved drastically” and 51% said skills shortages are a “major issue”.

Kevin Forbes, Oil and Gas people CEO, said: “The survey has found that the workers in the oil and gas industry want an independent Scotland.

“They clearly don’t believe the concerns that Scotland’s economy will suffer after independence.

“However, many believe that issues need be addressed urgently following the referendum in order to effectively safeguard the future of the industry.

“Both governments need to reassure voters that whoever wins the vote they will make the North Sea oil and gas industry a priority.”

Meanwhile, nearly half of all employers in the oil and gas industry say that the referendum has effected their investment plans.

The poll from the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce showed that 45% of employers surveyed had been influenced by the vote.

North East Labour MSP Richard Baker said: “This is yet another significant intervention highlighting the big risks that come with separation.

“It is clear that uncertainty over currency if we leave the UK is forcing oil firms to delay investment in Scotland.

“The oil and gas sector is important to the Scottish economy but revenues from the industry are volatile and declining and can’t pay for everything.

“Being part of the UK it means we have broader shoulders which protects the money we have available to spend on schools and hospitals.

“It also attracts more investment which creates more jobs but the message from major employers is that uncertainty is putting those benefits at risk.”

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. At least 6 characters please. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
At least 6 characters please
ShowHide
This field is required. At least 6 characters please.
You have to be 16 or over to join
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
Type your full postcode and select your address This field is required. It doesn't look like you've entered a valid postcode. Can't find your address? Confirm the details you've given us are correct by clicking here

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, including our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Any issues contact us.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.