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  1. Wow Hammish, Who has been a busy little poster then ? News of my demise are greatly exaggerated, apologies for not advising you but I've been skiing these last few weeks, clearing some back leave at my place in Chamonix. So others have been on here with more oil industry knowledge that you, thats hardly surprising is it ? You've no doubt seen the attached from the Times, http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/busi...icle5864480.ece Any comments, perhaps insight you'd like to offer ? Hows the burger business holding up ?
  2. Its difficult to grasp when its outside your experience, My Client an international Oil and Gas Contractor has a vacancy for a Project Manager - based in their London Office working on Deep Water West African Installation projects. Location: London Job Type: Staff Salary: 108000 – 120000 UK Pounds/year Fairly typical package, maybe 10% down on this time last year but remember the bonus is negotiable based on previous results, obviously if you're in burgers it won't be of much interest.............. If you believe Aberdeen is the centre of the universe, note the location.
  3. In very general terms, I'm a regional manager for a national company, my region is Scotland, I have dozens of managers and hundreds of staff, and my industry mostly deals directly with consumers, although sometimes also with businesses. I mostly work from home via phone, email and web, other than a couple of dozen site visits and one trip to head office a month, but our businesses all have established premises, many quite large. I speak with customers, managers, staff, and suppliers on a daily or weekly basis. dozens of managers and hundreds of staff With your stated salary, knew it had to be burgers ! Hammish, So I'd better blow a few bob tonight and keep the town ticking over, just until the Atlantic Margin gives Aberdeen another boom, sorry haven't eaten a burger for years.... This is doing the rounds under various guises with us high earners at the moment, Ops Manager: "You want answers?" Accounting: "I think we are entitled to them!" Ops Manager: "You want answers?!" Accounting : "I want the truth!" Ops Manager : "You can't handle the truth!!!" Ops Manager (continuing): "Son, we live in a world that requires oil to flow, and that revenue must be brought in by people with elite skills. Who's going to find it? You? You, Mr. Accountant? We have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You scoff at Subsea and you curse our lucrative day-rates. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know: that while the cost of flow assurance is excessive, it drives revenue, and my very existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, drives REVENUE! You don't want to know the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at staff meetings ... you want me in the water. You NEED me in the water! We use words like Hydrate, Wet Buckle, Water Ingress, Pipeline Rupture, and Coil Tubing. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent fixing something. You use them as cocktail party phrases! I have neither the time nor inclination to explain myself to people who rise and sleep under the very blanket of revenue I provide and then question the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said "thank you" and went on your way. Otherwise I suggest you source an ROV and sort the manifold yourself. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!" Accounting: "So, getting back to reality here - did you expense the lap dancers?" Ops Manager: "I did the job I was hired to do." Accounting: "I'll ask again, DID you expense the lap dancers?" Ops Manager: "YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT I DID!"
  4. Hammish, You noticing any changes in your clients spending patterns ? For example, Less going large ? WRT overall sales, larger proportion of childrens menus ? More people just buying the toy ?
  5. Hammish, I sympathise, a really do, I've met lots of oil patch locals over the years. Your choices, or perhaps attitude prevented it happening for you eh, and it hurts, I bet the pains physical at times. Theres no point in discussing income, we operate on completely different levels. Out of my 26 reports, no one's top line is less than 100k, apart from 2 admin support, 2 graduates and 3 staff engineers (65k). Perhaps you HR person shares your level ? Its a oil town, a great night out but not a first choice for a family with the low quality of life, its a small town with inadequate infrastructure, limited quality housing, a grey monotone with short days and long winters etc. I've always found that commuting suits me, both my kids are in serious uni's doing meaningful courses, I fly home most weekends and am more often than not able to combine business with visits home a few days each week. My wife stays ocassionally when its black tie but hates the place. I don't blame her, she didn't like Lagos or Houston either !
  6. Hammish, Wage envy or inadquacy is always sad to witness, its a very destructive and defeating emotion for the individual. You are delugional or perhaps just ill educated, with a college of comedy degree in a give away subject its hardly suprising you lack the background to grasp the reality. You are correct I don't need to spend a huge percentage of my income in Aberdeen, however even if it was only 10% it would still be more than a decade of someone flipping burgers. You are correct, my home is elsewhere, this is a temporary posting for me and I won't lower the quality of life of my family by living in Aberdeen, I live in a serviced flat paid by my company, and will like the rest of my peers move with the next evolution in my career and the industry. In your heart you know, Aberdeen will become Hull, its just hard to admit it, but yes you prove the point, Aberdeen is just another oil town, the same as all the rest, a great night out, ladies eager to get their share with poor jealous guys. Its not too late to re-train........
  7. Hammish, The simplicity of your response, explains everything, a business studies degree.....a first and only degree ? So "do you want fries with that ?" Your discretionary spend, based on your stated salary of 50K is negible in comparison to the norms within the professional oil industry. My base salary is 123K, with performance/project bonus(s), my 07/08 income was a couple of night outs short of 160k. It is fair to say that my discretionary spend is therefore at least twice your total income (already well above the Aberdeen average of 36k). So 14 % of the population but 80% of the local direct and indirect spend........ Few North Sea projects gate at the current oil price.
  8. Hammish, once again......;-) You are no doubt not aware from your position in the Aberdeen food chain but fifty plus % are contractors within the larger engineering companies and operators ! The majority of staff jobs are at the lower end of the income scales, predominantly graduates in professional disciplines, and semi skilled/labouring. Its been a few years since Companies have been able to retain those completing graduate training, the contract rates even for recent entrants have been too attractive. A staff Asset Manager in a Major Oil company earns less than a mid range day rate engineer ! A department head would typically earns 30k less than his reporting day raters. So get some reality, the day rate cuts being experienced presently are equivalent to the anual income of lower unskilled jobs, no doubt your own included. You've not earned 100k a year yet, what did you do wrong .......?
  9. One major Operator we do work for has cancelled a month DSV time having deferred a project to next year specifically, due to the low oil price. The diving contractor is trying the spot market but no joy as yet. We are anticipating two further project cancellations (deferments, hopefully) over the next few weeks. I understand from friends in other companies that this is being repeated across the patch however more concerning is that late 2009/2010 pipelay projects are being slipped/axed respectively. Every expenditure is now being challenged, the rental companies must be hurting ! The bacon sarnies at the Clients friday meeting stopped before Christmas ! Our day raters were "asked" to accept a 10% rate cut, everyone has "accepted" having received calls from mates asking if there were any jobs going with us. The speed all this is happening is frightening, its going to send waves through Aberdeen.
  10. Dear My Member of Parliament Can you please explain to me why the tax on my hard earned salary is being given to a bankrupt company to pay staff bonuses ? Yours etc absolutely incredulous of Aberdeen
  11. Jock/Cash Your allowing him to suck you in. Its like arguing with a 5 year old, great fun for a few minutes, but time consuming and can only end in tears. Best to agree and basically ignore.
  12. Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1031139 Subsea 7 http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1033225
  13. Minimal job losses.... OHM on friday, Subsea 7 on monday, tuesday ??????
  14. Brown is the new yellow or something like that, proven a complete idiot, a balloon of the highest inflation but could he actually be guilty of treason, given his wilful destruction of the UK economy while Chancellor (throughout the "boom") and now PM ? From Wiki, "In law, treason is the crime that covers some of the more serious acts of disloyalty to one's sovereign or nation" Is he a criminal or just criminally inept ? A divinity degree does not rovide adequate back ground to running a sizeable country but ignorance is no defence. He destroyed our futures with the rape of the pension funds operating in surplus by windfall taxing them (effectively taxing prudent management) and how the markets collapsed mine is worthless. The money raised was squandered on managers rather than nurses and English classes for immigrants in Londonstan. He is now on the verge of completely bankrupted the country, destroying our present. The guy was Chancellor for 10 years, he is personally responsible for the massive UK deficit, simple budgeting advice, put a little aside for a rainy day, stood the test of time but ignored by this tosser and the rest of the "political" elite. The man and Labour caused this, he has created this situation for the UK in that we have spent the lot, and then some, we are completely skint having operated a massive deficit during the up cycle which is UTTERLY unsupportable during the downturn without throwing the baby out with the bath water and wait for it....borrowing even more to ensure the madness continues at least until the next election. He is responsible for squandering the tax revenues created by the robbing and thieving financial services industry over the period and now the cycle turns there is nothing left in the account and we and our children will be paying the price for years to come. The world and every trader now believes the UK is bankrupt, that’s why bottle tops will be more valuable than the pound in Chamonix this winter or for the rest of our lifetimes for that matter if he is allowed to continue. Never trust a socialist by definition, they want to give your money to a less deserving cause. He is currently ensuring the earth is well and truly scorched. The only consolation is that like Blair, the MWD liar, Brown is an egoist looking for his place in history, the write up will be well deserved...............................
  15. You are deluded, proof positive that the book and medication need changing........ The oil industry is Aberdeen, every down turn is felt direct by the town, even the non productives in the council are directly affected. Every direct oil operator job supports countless oil service jobs who in turn support the remaining 86 % of the town and shires population. I appreciate you have no detailed knowledge of the situation or the industry from your position in the food chain however as you feed at our table believe me all the indications are that we are at the start of an 86-esque down turn. The question is how long is it going to last and whether the North Seas infrastructure (for your information - much of it now controlled by low cost and highly geared operators) will remain viable to permit the mop up of the remaining near field potential once the oil price is back up. Oil industry professionals are globally mobile unlike oil service semi-skilled and labouring which is regional. This is my third posting to Aberdeen and having worked on every continent its typical of the oil province towns, a great night out with jealous locals.
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