The first Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) by Airswift finds that energy candidates are more optimistic than hiring managers, with more than half of the workforce predicting an increase in salaries over the next 18 months – compared to just 23 percent of those hiring.
The mismatch happens not only in the pay rise, but other aspects too. For instance, a quarter of hiring managers across the sector think that the corporate brand is the most important factor in attracting jobseekers, when in fact the workforce values salary, location and professional development most highly, the report said.
Commenting on these findings, Janette Marx, chief operating officer at Airswift, says, “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.”
Other key findings include the following:
- One in five hiring managers think there are too few professionals moving into renewables
- 75 per cent of hiring managers would recruit from other sectors, citing ‘a new way of thinking’ as their reason
- Half of renewables professionals value a health plan benefit the most, trumping bonuses or commission
The survey, conducted in collaboration with Energy Jobline surveyed more than 16,000 energy professionals and hiring managers in 156 countries across five industry sub-sectors: oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals.