According to Sete Brazil, shortage of skilled labor to handle the complex mechanisms and apparatus is a barrier to entry into operation of different equipments in the pre-salt exploration area. There aren’t in the Brazilian market professionals trained to operate the sophisticated probes that will be delivered by the shipyards in 2015. The shortage of skilled labor has been cited by the president of Sete Brazil, João Carlos Ferraz, as very important obstacle to the entry of operation of equipment. Concerned about the delay in the processes involving the manufacture and leasing of rigs, Petrobras, together with pension funds and banks, decided to create Sete Brazil, contracted by invitation and bidding, to provide for the construction of 28 drilling rigs for deep and ultra deep waters.
Brazil studies encouraging immigration of skilled labor
The National Secretary of Justice, Paulo Abrão, said a bill on immigration, which is being processed in Congress since three years ago, may include mechanisms to encourage the entry of skilled labor in Brazil. The tools of stimulation must be in accordance with sectoral policies. “Given the expansion of air traffic in the country, Brazil could, for example, need flight controllers in the short term and we can not find enough professionals in the country fast enough,” said Abrãk. The Secretary of Labor and Employment, in turn, has increased the granting of work permits for immigrants. According to the National Immigration Council, attached to the folder, in 2011 Brazil granted 70,524 work visas for foreigners. The number represents a 22% increase compared to 2010. Most of these professionals is in the oil and gas and engineering sectors.