A member of the Scottish Parliament said she has seen a spike in the number hiring discrimination claims made by former energy workers.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin told BBC that she has been “inundated with correspondence from oil and gas workers since revealing worrying evidence from constituents of job discrimination.”

Martin said she will continue taking the matter to the “highest level to raise awareness” about the issue.

One former energy worker told BBC that one firm told him they would keep his CV on file but they “did not want to waste money or time on someone that will leave.”

BBC Scotland reported earlier this month that Martin had been contacted by former energy workers flagging potential employment discrimination.

Oil & Gas UK, an industry group, found in its 2016 activity survey that cost cuts and efficiency boosts that began in 2014 reduced the number of jobs supported by the UK oil and gas sector by 15 percent.

As of the end of 2015, the UK oil and gas sector supported 375,000 jobs, according to Oil & Gas UK.

UK Oil & Gas said in its 2016 economic report that revenues across the supply chain has forced the industry to shed 120,000 jobs since oil prices began falling 2014.


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