Who would have predicted the turmoil in the Oil and Gas business that has unfolded in the last five months? The price of Brent crude oil fell below $50 a barrel this week - the first time since May 2009.
There's rarely a dull moment in our business, and it's a rare occurrence when one quarter looks anything like the last. Many new challenges lay ahead, some more positive than others, but none that anyone on the planet can do much about except to go with the flow and seek opportunity out of new circumstances.
The oil and gas business has just seen a very long period of stability which has been great for oil companies and service companies alike.
Stability isn't always the best environment for consultancy contractors however, and sometimes the balance of employed staff versus contract staff can change dramatically in unstable market conditions - often in favour of contractors.
The name of the game for all parties in the supply chain is to stay alert to change, embrace it, deal with it and move forward.
David Mason, Managing Director.