Power Industry Recruitment and Workforce Solutions

Experts in staffing and mobility solutions for global power projects

Experts in recruitment and workforce solutions for global power projects

Traditionally, ‘power’ in the energy sector has been a byword for ‘stability’. The sector is less reliant on subsidy support than renewable energy and is less exposed to oil price fluctuations, protecting them from market swings to some extent.

The global power sector is in good health according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). According to their statistics global energy demand increased by 4% in 2018 with low-carbon generation expanding by 6%. There are still climate challenges that the power industry needs to address though, with 42% of all energy-related CO2 emissions coming from the sector in 2018.

Gas-fired power generation increased by 4% in 2018 thanks to growth in China and the United States, while globally, coal power generation increased by 3% in 2018, and remains the world’s largest source of power at 38% of overall generation.

Despite that growth, the carbon intensity of power generation declined by 1.3% in 2018 to an estimated 478 gCO2/kWh thanks to increases in renewable and nuclear power generation. While climate change may be a leading concern for power firms, though, there is another one they need to be acutely aware of; a talent crisis that may seriously affect their power plant recruitment strategies.

The global talent crisis facing the power industry

Airswift and Energy Jobline have released the Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) report 2019. The third annual survey of its kind, we collected the thoughts and opinions of 17,000 respondents throughout all levels of the energy industry, conversing with 150 nationalities across 162 countries.

The data and insights within GETI are a fantastic companion to have for your wider power recruitment strategy, but it also highlights some key trends that you should be aware; most notably that many workers believe a talent shortage is on their doorstep, despite optimism and technological advancements within the power sector.

Nearly half of respondents are worried about a looming talent crisis in the sector; 62% say it will arrive within the next five years while 32% are convinced it’s already here. 62% also say the biggest discipline affected by the talent crisis will be engineering – not good if you’re a power company looking to start new projects and need a strong pipeline of experienced talent.

Overcome your staffing problems by partnering with a power recruitment specialist

Airswift is a workforce solutions expert that provides staffing and many other practical solutions to the entire power generation value chain. We recruit and place specialist talent to power projects across the world, especially new construction and maintenance projects that require a talented candidate pipeline.

Airswift’s experts have helped some of the biggest energy, process and infrastructure companies in the world transform and refine their recruitment strategies for over 40 years. 

Airswift is able to provide global coverage for firms to transform workers’ lives in different continents as well as transforming the way you recruit. We have 60 interconnected recruitment offices in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, CIS, the Americas and APAC , which are supported by our super hubs in Houston, Texas, Manchester, UK, and Singapore.

We’re incredibly proud of our 96% contractor satisfaction rate. Our team’s ability to combine speed, mobility, agility and industry knowledge to find the perfect candidates ensures your power project is on time and on track.

Leading power recruitment solutions for your global energy projects

Whether you’re looking to build new power plants in different global territories or need contractors to staff an existing project, Airswift will partner with you to create and optimise your power plant recruitment strategy to find you the absolute best professional energy talent to fill all available roles, wherever your project is on the planet.

Some of the services we offer to the renewables sector include:

  • Talent Acquisition: Our workforce solutions experts will partner with your recruitment teams to develop a talent acquisition and pipeline strategy designed to always uncover the best energy talent available through contract hire, direct hire and engaged search.

  • Global Employment and Mobility: International projects can be tough to staff. Airswift’s global mobility experts will handle your mobility problems through global immigration, relocation services and global employment outsourcing to always ensure project agility.

  • Executive and Board Search: Oftentimes energy companies need fresh ideas and new perspectives at board level to help drive the company forward. Our Ducatus Partners advisory firm will help you find those new leaders throughout the entirety of the value chain.

  • Consulting: Through our consultancy services, talent analytics and Total Workforce Intelligence (TWI) data, Airswift will use key industry insights to build a power plant recruitment strategy that’s agile, flexible and modern.

  • Managed Solutions: Do you have a large global workforce and need to better manage the complex issues it brings? Airswift’s workforce solutions experts can help with recruitment process outsourcing, assessment, screening, vendor management systems and more.

Candidates can see a full range of our current vacancies on our jobboard

Visit our job board at jobs.airswift.com

Key findings from the 2019 GETI report: Power

The statistics and insights found in GETI 2019 are a great indicator to the current state of the global power sector, the problems it’s facing, the demographics working within it and much more besides. Some of the key findings for the power industry include:

  • 36% of workers across the world are aged between 25-to-34, with 92% of workers male.
  • The prolonged stability of the power sector meant 57% of non-hiring professionals enjoyed a pay rise. 29% saw a pay rise of more than 5%.
  • Three-quarters of respondents believe they will get a pay rise in 2019, with 44% expecting a rise of more than 5%.
  • 90% would be willing to relocate to another region for their job. 40% said they would do so for career progression opportunities.
  • 20% are concerned about the skills shortage and another 20% about innovation.
  • 62% believe a talent crisis will hit the sector within the next five years. 32% say it’s already here.
  • 40% say that electrical/E&I engineers will be the discipline most hit when an expected talent crisis arrives.
  • 55% of female workers within the industry say companies should be recruiting more female talent to plug skills gaps.

Get your copy of GETI now for more insight on recruitment trends within the power industry

GETI 2019 is such a unique document for power companies worried about navigating a sector-wide talent shortage. The sheer breadth of the survey means that data and opinions have been collected by workers just starting at the bottom of the industry, to experienced executives who manage numerous projects across the globe.

GETI not only underlines recruitment threats that may be on the horizon, but also presents information of how to combat them, where to find new talent, salary tables and renumeration expectations and other key insights that will help you refine and optimise your future power plant recruitment strategy.

Visit the GETI site to download the report