Agriculture community hoping to hire laid off oil and gas workers
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Agriculture community hoping to hire laid off oil and gas workers

The oil and gas sector’s loss could be agriculture’s gain.

With oil companies dumping salaries in an effort to deal with the falling price of oil, the agriculture industry – which has been under a labour crunch for years – is hoping some people take a look.

Gord Butcher from the agriculture recruiting company Agcall said there are plenty of jobs, especially in rural communities.

“Hopefully there will be some comeback or show some interest in the agricultural sector so it’s hard to determine, from our perspective, we haven’t seen any of that yet,” Butcher said.

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council’s Debra Hauer said she believes oil and gas workers can make an easy transition to the because of their skill sets.

“There would be a great number of skills that people in the oil and gas industry that would be directly transferable to the agriculture industry, certainty there is a lot of work with machines and machinery, driving trucks those sorts of things,” she said.