The number of workers spending more than 100 nights offshore the UK increased by 8.4% in 2012 to 25,760, its highest level in an annual demographic analysis that began in 2006, reports Oil & Gas UK.
The analysis uses the Vantage Personnel On Board system, a database that tracks all offshore travelers in the UK.
The system reported a total of 56,982 workers traveling offshore last year, up nearly 9% from 2011.
Three and a half times more nonoperator personnel than operator personnel traveled offshore in 2012. Increases from 2011 were 5% for operators and 10% for nonoperators.
Of all workers traveling offshore last year, more than 80% were British, and less than 4% were female. Of the 2,138 women traveling offshore last year, 753 spent more than 100 nights.