Tax treatment of workers in the North Sea and other offshore oil and gas fields: meaning of exploration or exploitation activities
Section 41(2) ITEPA 2003
Exploration or exploitation activities means activities carried on in connection with the exploration or exploitation of so much of the sea bed and subsoil and their natural resources as is situated in the United Kingdom or a designated area. This definition is fairly wide; it covers not only workers employed on pipelaying vessels, oil and gas rigs and other offshore installations, but also those engaged in ancillary or support work. As regards divers and diving supervisors see the Employment Status Manual (ESM).