McArthur: Action needed to boost energy industry

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today called for action to boost the future of the energy industry, after a new report suggested that thousands of jobs were still at risk.

The report from the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Oil & Gas Survey, found that 67% of businesses surveyed had shed staff, with 43% of businesses cutting pay and 40% significantly changing staff benefits. 

Mr McArthur said:

“The North Sea oil crisis has forced tens of thousands of people out of a job.  This report from Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce highlights the stark reality that more jobs are still at risk and confidence in the sector is worryingly low. 

“Meanwhile, despite a loss of decommissioning contracts and an assault on renewables by the UK Tory Government, it is encouraging that most contractors are still hopeful of potential growth in decommissioning and the renewables sector. 

“To safeguard jobs and capitalise on this potential, however, Scotland urgently needs both governments to work together to create an environment that helps build confidence, develops our skills base and delivers the economic opportunities available in both these sectors.” 

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