External Workforce in the Oil and Gas Industry

Oil & Gas Outsourcing

Gaining productivity and visibility in a volatile industry.

The Challenge
Finding a better way to manage work, cost, and safety.

Fueling the planet requires a broad spectrum of specialized talent, and to fill these highly skilled positions, you depend on outsourced services and craft workers.

To get the work done as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible, you need the right people.  



General concerns

  • Driving continued productivity while reducing operating costs.
  • Tying services to specific contracts to ensure proper rate enforcement and safety levels for the type of craft/skill at a particular site.
  • Maintaining compliance with health and safety regulations.

Upstream concerns

  • Recruiting highly skilled, specialized labor to remote areas – and ensuring they’re properly trained and certified.
  • Paying labor based on tasks, risk, and proximity to the well site.
  • Tracking costs back to exploration, drilling, production, and teardown in real time – and applying the correct taxes.

Downstream concerns

  • Sourcing dependable, high-quality craft workers and contractors.
  • Gaining visibility into quality and cost of work completed, day by day or even hourly.
  • Eliminating time fraud.


New transparency. New visibility.

Read this e-book for a fresh look at procurement strategies in the oil and gas industry. Learn why improvements are needed in the drive for innovation as the industry undergoes tremendous change.





How do you manage thousands of people working day and night from regional and remote sites all over the world?

A flexible, dynamic contingent workforce isn't just a necessity in the Oil & Gas industry – it's a vital strategy for companies to compete globally and to stay ahead. The most progressive Oil & Gas companies are redefining how work gets done. And with SAP Fieldglass, you can be a part of that change by creating an agile workforce that extends beyond full-time employees.

Oil & Gas customer success stories

Halliburton manages contingent workforce with one solution

With SAP Fieldglass, Halliburton is able to manage and report on its contingent workforce and spend with one centralized process. Hear how the company now plans to expand its engagement. Read case study

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Australian oil company realizes increased compliance and cost savings

One of Australia’s leading oil companies now manages $27M in contingent workforce spend with SAP Fieldglass, ensuring greater visibility, better compliance, increased safety management, and more cost savings. Read the case study

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Marathon Petroleum: Refining the act of innovation

Learn how Marathon Petroleum uses tools like the Internet of Things (IoT) to make faster and better business decisions and improve their planning processes. Watch the video


SAP Petroleum Development Oman

Oman's largest oil and gas company, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), uses SAP solutions to manage their planning, production, maintenance, and HR functions.  Watch the video

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Shell’s end-to-end transformation

Learn how SAP’s digital innovations help Shell reach the goal of providing cleaner energy for the future. Hear why “Data is the new oil.”  Watch the video

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Oil & Gas company gains visibility into $91M in external labor spend

Learn why one of the world’s leading international oil and gas companies relies on SAP Fieldglass to help manage 4,000 contingent workers in 11 countries with one tailored solution. Read case study

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Why is SAP Fieldglass a great partner for you?

Industries across the globe are experiencing rapid growth and expansion in their contingent workforces, especially within global industries as diverse as Oil & Gas, Technology, Healthcare, and Finance. Across all skillsets and expertise, SAP Fieldglass has the solutions to help manage all external workforces and services procurement functions across a wide variety of industries.


Industry leadership
Founded in 1999, SAP Fieldglass continues to revolutionize how companies manage talent across multiple channels through innovation and advanced cloud technologies.


Easy integrations
Our cloud-based platform is flexible and is designed to integrate with any third-party solution. We also have pre-built integrations with major enterprise and digital solutions.

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Committed service
Customer-centricity is one of our hallmarks. We have long-term relationships with our customers, and they become part of our active customer community.


Innovative partnerships
Access our embedded technology ecosystem, mature integrations, deep category management, and global/local capabilities.


Localization capabilities
SAP Fieldglass understands local issues – wherever local happens to be – including labor laws, regulations, candidate privacy, rate requirements, and taxation.


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