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Over half of renewables workers tempted by fossil fuels’ salaries

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The seventh annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s most established and comprehensive energy workforce trends report, has revealed that surging fossil fuel prices are driving a skills exodus from renewables to oil and gas that could hinder the energy transition.
The report by global workforce solutions provider to the STEM industries, Airswift, details how, as fossil fuel firms reap bumper profits from recent energy price rises, oil and gas has overtaken power as the destination of choice for over half of the renewables workforce.
Indicating an increasingly restless workforce, 87% would consider leaving their current role and 51% would move to oil and gas - a 14% increase on last year. Pay is cited as the biggest driver of job dissatisfaction for 59% of renewables workers, followed by benefits at 50%, indicating that soaring fossil fuel salaries and perks are a major draw.
Renewables firms also face intensifying demand for their workforce, with 78% of green energy workers being headhunted for a new job and nearly a third receiving six or more approaches from recruiters in the last year. With the increasing adoption of digital technologies across renewables, a quarter of workers said they would leave the energy industry, and technology is now the most popular outside industry to join.
Janette Marx, CEO of Airswift, said: “The energy transition will hinge on our green skills base, yet renewables talent is increasingly restless and in demand from outside sectors. Fossil fuel firms are becoming more popular among renewables workers by improving their ESG performance as well as pay.
“Renewables workers are also the most likely to care about their employers’ values, but this now goes beyond the environment and encompasses metrics such as their contribution to society and workplace flexibility.
"Green energy firms will now have to compete with fossil fuel firms on a wider range of metrics from societal impact to flexibility by creating more meaningful roles with KPIs linked to social as well as environmental contributions, and by reducing fixed hours and physical deployments.”
Airswift interviewed sector experts and surveyed 10,000 energy professionals and hiring managers of 149 nationalities across five industry sub-sectors: oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals. The report is available to download at http://www.getireport.com.






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