Energy industry recruiter Advance Global Recruitment celebrates record success

Advance Global Recruitment, the specialist recruiter for the energy industry, has marked its 11th Anniversary with the commencement of a key supply contract, an expansion to its Aberdeen office, and continued growth into the offshore renewables sector.

Based across offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Dubai, AGR specialises in the supply of personnel for global offshore energy industry projects.

The company works with some of the largest organisations in the industry, including Fugro, Boskalis, Transocean, and Maersk Drilling to name a few.

In 2020 as the Coronavirus pandemic hit, AGR experienced a drop in revenue of approx. 30% from a historical revenue record year in 2019. The business showed great resilience and stayed true to their company values and strategy and returned to 2019 revenue and margin levels in 2021. AGR remain optimistic with their market outlook and are forecasting a record year in terms of revenue and profitability in 2022.

This outlook is underpinned with the expansion of AGR’s Aberdeen office, recently moving to new premises and hiring several new members of staff, including a dedicated Tax Manager to ensure more efficient and high-quality payroll processing for global candidates.

All of this has been undertaken with the intention of providing the best possible candidate experience, thus ensuring a consistent supply of quality personnel to AGR’s energy industry clients.

The growing reputation and success of AGR has helped the company secure exclusive supply contracts, including a recent significant project with COSL Drilling Europe to support a key North Sea drilling campaign that commenced this month on its COSL Innovator rig.

AGR’s co-founder and CEO, Stuart Hunter, sees this contract win as a significant indication of the strength of the company and its team.

“The North Sea and UK Continental Shelf has historically had a wealth of opportunities for candidates and the COSL Innovator contract is no exception.

I am delighted AGR has been selected as a preferred supplier of personnel for another North Sea project. The past two years have been challenging for the energy market. However, this contract award highlights the recent indications of recovery within the industry.

To supply personnel during this crucial time is positive for the UK economy and the supply chain. COSL’s modern fleet not only supports low carbon production but supports a progressive energy transition within our industry. AGR feels privileged to be a part of this.”

Founded in 2011 by Mr Hunter and his business partner, Cameron Taylor, AGR sought to provide an approachable and dedicated service for candidates looking for work in energy industry projects.

As the team has grown, so too has the company’s global portfolio of clients and partners, as well as its experience in new markets, such as the opening of its Dubai office in 2020.

The company celebrated its 10th anniversary in March 2021 and has its sights firmly set on continued growth during a time where the energy industry is facing some of its toughest challenges yet in terms of personnel supply constraints.

AGR’s team of dedicated personnel coordinator’s objective is to match the right candidate with the right role. They aim to source the best talent globally to meet the requirements of clients, while assisting candidates in pursuing opportunities within the energy sector and advancing their careers.

Environmental concerns around fossil fuels have become more prevalent over the past 5 years.  With new technologies enabling the viability of more offshore renewable projects and with recent record high fossil fuel prices, the timeline for transitioning to a more sustainable energy industry has inevitably shortened.

Mr Hunter believes this is something for which AGR is ideally positioned to assist its candidates and clients in preparing for and achieving.

“As the energy industry has begun transitioning towards renewables, operators require candidates with experience and expertise in this field that can adapt quickly to a changing industry and new requirements.

Similarly, candidates require opportunities that fit their skills and expertise, as well as access to training to enhance their skillsets for new disciplines in the renewables field.

This is something that AGR aims to deliver through its relationship with external training providers, as well as providing its own training – something we’re looking to expand on in the near future.”

AGR’s new Global Compliance Manager Danielle Wood, who will be spearheading AGR’s new division – AGR Training (AGRT). Mrs Wood believes this is something AGR is ideally positioned to assist its candidates and clients in preparing.

“Our clients across both Oil & Gas and Renewable sectors require strong candidates with experience and transferable skills that can adapt quickly to a changing industry and new requirements.

Training and Compliance is something that AGR hopes to provide through its strong relationships with external training providers globally, as well as delivering direct training as part of a brand-new division – AGRT. Training and Compliance is a vital aspect in the control and regulation within the energy industry, which is why AGR Training is the logical next step for AGR’s growth.

Candidates require opportunities that fit their skills and expertise, as well as access to training to enhance their skillsets for new disciplines. There is a well-documented skills shortage across all energy sectors globally and AGR Training is working on bespoke training programs to play our part in bridging this gap”.