Job Satisfaction and Quit Intentions of Offshore Workers in the UK North Sea Oil and Gas Industry

27 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2011

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Heather Dickey

University of Aberdeen - Business School; Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School

Verity Watson

University of Aberdeen

Alexandros Zangelidis

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Date Written: November 2011

Abstract

The North Sea oil and gas industry currently faces recruitment and retention difficulties because of a shortage of skilled workers. One means of retaining existing employees is to improve workers’ job satisfaction. In this paper, we investigate the determinants of job satisfaction and intentions to quit within this industry sector. We find that individuals in good financial situations, those whose skills are closely related to their job and those who received training reported higher levels of job satisfaction. Furthermore, we establish the importance of job satisfaction, promotion prospects and training opportunities in determining workers’ intentions to quit their job.

Suggested Citation

Dickey, Heather and Watson, Verity and Zangelidis, Alexandros, Job Satisfaction and Quit Intentions of Offshore Workers in the UK North Sea Oil and Gas Industry (November 2011). Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 58, Issue 5, pp. 607-633, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1921695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.2011.00561.x

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