North America's shale gas boom has been a major windfall for qualified engineers, as head hunters vie against each other to snap up a scarce talent supply with lucrative salaries.

Recruitment firms say they are waging nothing short of war in their efforts to recruit qualified engineering professionals to fill positions in the shale gas industry. “It’s an all out war for talent,” said Gladney Darroh, president of Piper-Morgan Associates Personnel Consultants, to Forbes magazine. The shale gas boom has…