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Here's an interesting one, why are there so many oil and gas consultants, and small companies formed around groups of specialists? I can completely understand the benefits for the consultants because consultants earn much higher day rates, usually tax-free. They have control over where and when they work and are highly respected in the field.
The real question is, why do drilling companies and majors pay these really high rates? Surely with companies that have thousands, even tens of thousands of employees... There'll be plenty of employees with the right skills? Why would they pay half a million a year, when they could pay $150k?
Is it because there aren't enough specialists that want to work for a company full time?
When looking online, on searches and on LinkedIn, I see a ton of oil and gas companies that basically consist of 2-10 consultants.