Fifth of hiring managers want more green professionals

One in five hiring managers in renewables think there are too few professionals moving into the sector. That’s according to the first Global Energy Talent Index, which reveals significant differences […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

One in five hiring managers in renewables think there are too few professionals moving into the sector.

That’s according to the first Global Energy Talent Index, which reveals significant differences in expectations between hiring managers and candidates across the energy industry.

The report, from workforce solutions provider Airswift and job site Energy Jobline, suggests young graduates are shying away from being associated with the seemingly older and less environmentally friendly oil and gas industry.

It shows they are instead more interested in joining newer, more technologically driven green sectors.

This is paralleled by the 67% of oil and gas professionals who said they are interested in working within other energy sectors, with renewables being the most popular alternative choice.

However, this preference for work in green energy has yet to fully materialise – four out of five hiring managers believe there is a skills shortage in the renewables sector compared to just under a third in oil and gas.

The majority of these respondents blame a lack of planning for the skills shortage.

Janette Marx, Chief Operating Officer at Airswift, said: “It’s absolutely essential that hiring managers and employees are on the same page if the energy industry is to continue attracting and retaining the talent it needs for a successful future. But at the moment there’s a bit of a mismatch.”

Scottish renewable energy firms are anticipating a sixth of the industry’s workforce will be lost in the next year.