Perspectives on Energy Roundtable Review – The Challenges and Opportunities of Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Energy & Utilities Sector

Published: 9 May 2014

On 1st May, Berwick Partners hosted a lunch event at our Cannon Street offices, which was attended by a diverse group of senior HR and Talent leaders in the energy sector.  Our guests included the ‘Big Six’, challenger brands and a number of global energy supply and energy consultancy firms, which contributed to a lively and insightful debate.

The event was timely in that we, and the industry as a whole, are seeing significant demand for senior level candidates who can bring transferable skills to our organisations, as the increasingly complex global energy industry evolves.  The Oil and Gas industry continues to attract huge investment however there is a prominent skills shortage.  This sector alone could create up to 39,000 jobs in the UK in the next two years.  What will this mean for the rest of the industry? Whether our clients are small-to-medium enterprises on the cusp of rapid growth, or large multinational utilities, talent acquisition and retention will continue to pose significant challenges. 

The principal discussion points included; diversity, ‘skills-gap’, global competition for talent, attraction vs retention, access to untapped talent within higher education, brand perception and culture.  At the same time, we shared a number of potential solutions around how we can collectively aid the future growth of the energy sector by thinking ‘outside of the box’ in terms of our recruitment strategies.  Inspiring school leavers and graduates to study STEM subjects came high on the agenda, as did the willingness to transition skilled people from other sectors. 

Berwick Partners are thought leaders in the energy sector; holding regular leadership events that bring together key figures from the industry.  We have a clear understanding of the type of market intelligence and talent that will add significant value to our client organisations, with in-depth knowledge of regional and local talent networks.

For further details about our energy practice or to be included in future events please contact our energy specialists Victoria Jordan and Amy Speake.  Debbie Sutton is a Partner of the firm and Head of the HR Practice, and can be contacted with regard to any HR related queries.

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