Jobs on oil rigs have become extremely popular. The attraction of an average salary of $75,000 to $100,000 and only working 6-8 months in every 12 can be difficult to resist. Life on the rigs however is not all roses. If you’re undecided about whether rig work is for you, here are the pros and cons of jobs on oil rigs. Let’s start with the cons.
Hard work – You’ll be working 12 hour shifts in tough conditions where you’ll need to stay focussed on the job in hand. It will often include difficult labour heavy and tiring tasks that are not for the faint hearted.
The shifts – Rigs never sleep, that means jobs on oil rigs are on a 12 hour shift pattern, day and night.
The weather – Rigs are often in the most in hospitable of seas. That means you’ll need you sea legs to get too and from them and you should expect to be battered by strong winds and horizontal rain.
Being away – Though the holiday is great, there will be long periods (2-3 weeks) when you’ll be away from home and loved ones as well as being confined to the rig, miles from anywhere.
Salary – The biggest lure to the rigs is usually salary. Even entry level, unskilled jobs can earn you at least double what you’d expect to earn on land. Depending on the company, the average salary for jobs on oil rigs can be anything from $75,000 – $100,000 a year.
Holiday – The holiday entitlement can be amazing. Expect to work 6-8 months in any 12.
The Shifts – Health and safety conditions often mean that although you’ll be ‘on shift’ for 12 hours a day, you may be lucky enough to spend a lot of time in the coffee shop and canteen, sometimes working far fewer hours than their peers on land.
The Perks – So you may be miles offshore with no-where to go but the recreation facilities on most rigs are pretty impressive. Snooker, cinemas, gyms and saunas are commonplace. Other perks include free phone calls, unlimited free food and the opportunity to purchase duty frees.