Our people

As a service business, we know and value the importance of having the right people in our Company.

Our people are the key to our distinctive delivery-focused culture; they set us apart from our competitors and allow us to attract and retain clients.

We are committed to continuous learning and development for all our employees. We also plan to do more to enable and encourage employees to pursue local or regional (and potentially global) career opportunities that are available across the Group.

Our business focused people strategy

Our people strategy is directly aligned to our business priorities, and places great emphasis on helping our talented people achieve their potential.

Our people strategy is based on the following principles:

  • Developing all of our people – viewing current employees as the natural candidates for tomorrow’s roles and equipping them to progress in their careers
  • Identifying and developing those with leadership potential – with effective talent management and succession planning identifying the next generation of senior leaders and providing the support they need
  • Strengthening our leadership and management capabilities – developing the skills of those responsible for others
  • Driving high performance – cascading consistent and aligned performance measures to enable us to achieve our business plans
  • Attracting and developing the right talent – evolving our graduate programmes to create a global cohort who are closely networked, collaborative and high performing
  • Encouraging people to ‘join our journey’ – portraying a consistent employee value proposition that helps us to compete for and retain talent
  • Refining our HR operating model – seeking greater efficiency, integration, consistency and effectiveness across all our HR activities

Our people in numbers

As of the end of December 2017, we employed around 13,000 people and they make the 'Petrofac difference'. We have provided a breakdown of our workforce in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 core guidelines.

  Percentage (%)
Male 88
Female 12
Middle East 52
UK 24
India 18
Americas 3
South East Asia/Australasia 3
Age range  
30 and below 18
31 - 40 37
41 - 50 25
51 - 60 14
61 and above 4
Not given 2
Employment type  
Permanent 83
Temporary 12
Contingent (ARL) 5
Covered by Collective Bargaining Arrangements 9

We continually look to improve our people planning through an annual integrated process that reviews both our staff bench-strength and capability.

We employ around 13,000 people, and they’re our greatest asset.

Ayman Asfari, Group Chief Executive


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