Britain's North Sea rig workers are in the money as oil pay gushes up

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Workers in the UK oil and gas industry enjoy some of the highest wages paid by the sector across the world.

A typical North Sea worker earns an average of £540 a day, while someone at director level employed on a rig there can command around £900 a day, according to the recruitment group Hays.

The company's annual survey of pay across the oil and gas industry shows rates have risen by a staggering 30 per cent over the past year, as more and more firms are prepared to explore and develop fields in harder-to-reach places.

Full-time UK oil professionals are enjoying average salaries of £55,850 a year, which is more than twice the national salary average of £26,244.

Matt Underhill, managing director of Hays Oil & Gas, commented: "Last year we reported a 30 per cent rise in contractor wages for UK professionals. This was particularly encouraging for UK-based oil andgas professionals as the rates are a good indicator of the state of thejob market, being more reactiveto short-term changes in demandfor skills."

Hays said that UK wages acrossthe sector are some 8 per cent higher than the global average. The company also said that it expects buoyant demand to persist throughout 2012as North Sea activity continues to build up.