Nuclear Power Recruitment and Workforce Solutions

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Climate change is front and centre of the global political landscape, and many are pointing to nuclear’s potential in the fight against global warming.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2018 report says it best: ‘Nuclear power can make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while delivering energy in the increasingly large quantities needed for global economic development.’

And the nuclear projects appearing around the world suggests people in power are listening. The World Nuclear Association (WNA) reported in July ’19 that approximately 450 of the world’s nuclear power plants generated 10% of the planet’s electricity in 2017.

It also reports that 50 plants are currently being constructed – otherwise known as Nuclear New Builds (NNB) – in 15 countries including China, India, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. These represent significant global investment in the nuclear sector; four plants in the Barakah are set to cost $20 billion alone, highlighting the scale and ambition of these new nuclear builds.

The future for the nuclear sector looks incredibly healthy too, with more than 100 new nuclear reactors on order or planned, and 300 more proposed according to the WNA. Most reactor projects are currently planned for Asia, making it a prime target destination for energy companies to relocate to start new developments.

For those projects to be successful though, energy companies need to have an intricate nuclear power plant recruitment strategy to make sure projects are delivered on time and without going over budget. That could be harder than they think, though.

The impending talent crisis facing the nuclear sector

The Global Energy Talent Index report 2019 (GETI), created by Airswift and Energy Jobline, which attracted 17,000 respondents from 162 countries and 150 nationalities who all work in the energy sector, highlights the specific problems energy companies are facing when it comes to nuclear power plant recruitment.

Roles in the nuclear sector are already notoriously tough to fill due to the extremely technical specifications needed to be involved in a project. Ideally, the right nuclear power plant recruitment strategy needs to find the best in young talent, as GETI underlines that nearly a third of nuclear professional are aged 55 and over.

So, with great nuclear talent in already in short supply, it’s alarming to see that 37% of respondents believe they’ve already been hit by a talent shortage, with 31% quite worried about its impact. The regions most impacted by the shortage according to GETI were respondents in North and South America, and Africa.

Political factors are also playing their part too. For example, nuclear companies in the UK hire a lot of their workforce from the European Union. Hannah Peet, Managing Director at Energy Jobline, comments in GETI:

“Naturally, hiring managers are worried about whether Brexit will squeeze their flow of talent. And professionals working in the UK are concerned about their ability to remained employed in the country.”

The benefits of working with a nuclear power recruitment specialist

Airswift has been working with energy companies and those in the infrastructure and process industries for more than 40 years to totally transform their recruitment strategies and find them the absolute best talent, wherever in the world their project is based.

Airswift manages more than 7,000 contractors and our 800 employees range from 70 nations. We work with the world’s largest energy firms, EPCs, equipment manufacturers, technology companies and others across numerous sectors.

That includes the nuclear sector. Our nuclear power recruitment specialists work extremely hard to staff nuclear projects with the right people. Like other energy sectors, nuclear is a safety-critical industry and highly-regulated, and we strive to find the absolute best nuclear operatives and engineers that will fit seamlessly into your nuclear project, NNB, existing site or otherwise.

The Airswift team is passionate about the workforce solutions we provide and we are proud of our 96% contractor satisfaction rating. Our coverage is truly international, with 60 interconnected recruitment offices in multiple global regions complemented by three super hubs in Manchester, UK, Singapore and Houston, Texas.

The Airswift team is here to help you find the absolute best staff for your nuclear energy project, wherever in the world it needs to be managed.

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Providing leading nuclear power recruitment solutions for complex energy projects

As nuclear energy projects are extremely technical and complex, and require employees with a tremendous amount of skill to action, it’s absolutely essential that you get the right people for the job each and every time.

Our team of workforce solutions experts will find those nuclear contractors and employees, and help you solve other workforce challenges through:

  • Talent Acquisition: Through services including contract hire, direct search and engaged search, Airswift will work with you to create a talent acquisition and pipeline strategy that allows you to staff every nuclear project with the best candidates.
  • Global Employment and Mobility: Agility is key when it comes to your nuclear power recruitment strategy. Nuclear projects tend to be localised, and Airswift has the connections and skills to find the best nuclear talent and efficiently relocate them for your project if necessary.
  • Executive and Board Search: New leaders can help you steer your nuclear project in the right direction, and we’ll help you find them through our Ducatus Partners advisory firm, who have vast experience finding the best leadership talent throughout the entire value chain.
  • Consulting: Airswift can provide you with key nuclear industry data through our consultancy, talent analytics and Total Workforce Intelligence (TWI) solutions to better refine and optimise your nuclear power recruitment strategy.
  • Managed Solutions: Reduce the complexities of managing a large, global nuclear-focused workforce with Airswift’s recruitment process outsourcing, assessment, screening and vendor management systems.

Key findings from the 2019 GETI report: Nuclear

As mentioned, GETI 2019 features key data, information and insights from the nuclear sector that could prove to be essential to reforming your wider nuclear power plant recruitment strategy for the better. Key findings include:

  • Nearly a third of professionals in the sector are aged 55 and above, compared to just 20% in the oil and gas sector.
  • 52% of non-hiring professionals said that remuneration increased over the past year, showing salaries continue to grow in the sector.
  • 18% said they saw their pay rise by more than 5% while 9% said they saw a decrease in renumeration.
  • Nearly 80% in Africa and the Middle East predicted their pay will rise over the next year.
  • 83% of workers in the nuclear sector said they would consider relocating to another region for their job. 28% said the main reason was career progression opportunities.
  • 37% believe that a talent crisis has already hit the nuclear sector, with 16% very worried about a talent crisis.
  • Engineering talent is the discipline most affected by talent shortages at 66%. The skillset most affected, at 30%, is problem-solving.
  • 83% of 18-24-year-olds entering the nuclear sector now would like to pursue a career in the industry.
  • 59% and 58% of male and female respondents respectively believe the best way nuclear companies can get those skills is by retraining existing employees.

Get your copy of GETI 2019 now for more insight on nuclear power plant recruitment

GETI 2019 features these insights and many more for the nuclear sector alongside the latest industry commentary, salary guides, hiring rates and other practical data submitted by people across the nuclear spectrum.

GETI 2019 doesn’t just show where the problems lie in the nuclear sector. It also offers key intelligence on how to attract and retain the absolute best in nuclear talent, how much they expect to be paid and other essential information crucial to your wider nuclear power plant recruitment strategy.

Visit the GETI site to download the report