The downturn is over for most in the oil industry, and activity and optimism return. Wages are also rising, and the NHO association Norsk Industri does not like it.
Stavanger Aftenblad has spoken to several industry leaders during the Offshore Technology Days (OTD) oil fair in the Stavanger Forum, the theme being “Optimism is back”. Several of them express concern that oil companies and suppliers should return to a situation where prices and wages are running fast again.
The industry manager for oil and gas in the NHO association Norsk Industri, Runar Rugtvedt , sees signals that wages are on the rise.
– It is very questionable and something we do not like. At the same time, we see that most are still sober, including the big companies, ”says Rugtvedt.
– If there is something we do not need now, it is a wage trend that is not sustainable. The oil industry will fluctuate forward. It is better to have stable jobs in the long term than to get short-term pay jumps because activity is high now, he says.
In the trade union Safe it is not the union workers who contribute to raising wages, but that it “has taken off somewhat at the engineering level, and especially in senior positions”.
– Here you usually have individual salary agreements, says federal leader Hilde-Marit Rysst.
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