THE APPETITE for workplace benefits among oil and gas professionals is strong, with over half the sample in a recent survey saying they were unhappy with their benefit packages.

Conducted by online jobs board Rigzone and management consulting firm The Right Group, the Asia Pacific-focused survey found compensation and benefits were the primary consideration for professionals.

A strong majority of 77 per cent responded that these two elements factored significantly when trying to decide whether they should stay at their current organisation or move elsewhere.

“This suggests that, if companies want to recruit and retain the best talent, perhaps a good start would be to reconsider their present benefit offerings,” Rigzone said.

Nearly half of professionals (49%) indicated that they would be willing to move for greater opportunities for advancement and 39% responded that they would be willing to move for more learning opportunities.

Despite this, there appears to be a perceived lack of training and career progression within their organisations.

Only 44% of professionals surveyed felt that their current company had paved a clear career path for them, with 52% agreeing that there was equal opportunity for advancement there.

Of the roughly 500 respondents to the survey, which was conducted in December 2014 and January 2015, 40% worked onshore, 33% worked in head offices or the metropolitan area and 27% worked offshore.