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climate concerns have catapulted investments into cleaner, renewable solutions
from governments and private investors across the globe. According
to Bloomberg Energy Investment Trends 2022,
global investment in the clean energy transition totalled $755 billion, a 21%
increase from 2020, and this number is only set to rise further. Renewable
energy was the largest sector for investment in 2021, which attracted $366
billion for new projects and small-scale systems. Because of this investment,
many exciting renewable technologies are in development.
Inverter: According to the US Department of
Energy, 3% of all electricity produced in the US comes from solar panels. We
spoke with CSG Talent's Head of Renewable Energy Dom Ridley, who revealed that solar inverters are
a vital technology that converts sunlight into usable electricity. He
explained, “solar inverters convert as much energy as possible - making the
most of the sunlight and energy. Recent developments have explored combining
hydrogen and solar, which poses great potential”.
added, “organizations are working hard to make them as efficient as possible,
and it's an exciting time. Our clients are the best in the market, and we’re
proud to work with those who make a difference”.
Organic Solar Cells: The amount of solar energy that
reaches the Earth’s surface offers excellent prospects in the quest for
renewable energy. Australia’s national scientific research agency, CSIRO, has
produced a low-cost, paper-thin solar cell the size of an A3 piece of paper
which could revolutionize photovoltaic solar power generation. These
highly lightweight organic solar cells can be laminated onto building walls or
other irregular surfaces exposed to sunlight and be made directly into
Wind Turbines: Canadian start-up Aurea Technologies
has developed a
portable wind turbine that folds down to the size of a
water bottle, providing reliable energy on the go.
Wind Turbines: On a larger scale, floating wind
turbines may be something you’d expect to see in a science fiction film - but
perhaps this may soon be reality. Unlike conventional offshore wind turbines
that require concrete bases in the seabed, floating wind turbines utilize
previous oil and gas offshore platform technology; they are anchored into the
seabed with just a few cables at sites as deep as 700 meters. Following
successful testing, Japan has recently invested $226 million towards this new
type of energy generation.
Power: One of the most recent developments
within renewable technology is wave power generation. Unlike other renewable
technologies such as solar, waves offer a consistent energy source - regardless
of the time of day. Similarly, waves also provide much greater energy density
due to water having a heavier mass. By examining the optimal size and
configuration of waves, scientists hope to develop game-changing frameworks to
harness the power of waves.
global talent experts, we recognise that the worldwide push towards renewable
energy creates many new jobs, which is tremendous for an emerging sector.
Consequently, this has evoked a rapid shake-up of the talent landscape. As the
number of opportunities outweighs candidates, the recruitment space has become
exceedingly candidate focused. In addition, the sheer number of unfilled
vacancies has led many recruiters to adjoining sectors for transferable talent.
2022 GETI Report gathers data from 10,000 energy professionals and concluded
that “renewable energy may not be exclusive to energy production”, citing
that “transferable skills provide a gateway for workers to move between
energy sectors seamlessly”. And they’re not wrong; 21% of the Renewable
Energy workforce joined from another sector in the last 18 months - the
majority switched from either Oil and Gas or Power, with 28% coming from each.
ultimately, candidates have the power of choice. With more opportunities within
the energy space, both renewable and traditional, candidates can afford to be selective.
Indeed, as the workforce will play a central role in enabling us to meet this
continued acceleration of clean energy generation expected in the coming years,
corporations must consider candidate motivations carefully to attract the best
Gavin Attwood, Principal Consultant within Energy and Infrastructure at CSG Talent
revealed, “there’s a lot of focus currently within the APAC region (and globally)
on electric vehicle solutions. The EV industry has grown exponentially over
recent years, and now it’s very much a catch-up game to deal with the large
number of vehicles being manufactured. EV Charging in particular, this is far
behind from where it needs to be, both in the home and on the road. We’ve seen
a few examples of small EV charging companies growing massively in a short
period of time, however it certainly needs a lot more players in the game as
the industry grows. Naturally people with this type of experience are rare and
so we do our best to educate the client where possible and look at more general
backgrounds such as electrical or electronics to acquire transferable skills to
this newly evolved industry.”
obviously, salaries are expected to rise. However, many new development
projects such as those listed above cannot compete with the wages offered by
established titans, for example, in oil and gas. As a result, there are risks
of project delays if the talent is unavailable.
recent research revealed that millennial talent demonstrate different values
than the workforce before - they’re not as driven by money. Millennials see the
workplace as “a source of powerful
and positive social impact. Millennial job candidates want to join an
organization that sees a social role for itself”(Benchmarkone). They want a role that allows them to become
innovators themselves. Certainly, highlighting your CSR
initiatives or the opportunity to work with emerging technologies may be an
excellent ammunition tool in the war on talent.
Talent’s Solar Photovoltaic and EPC consultant, Helcias Ribeiro, revealed that
“many companies within this space are reconsidering their benefits packages
with some even offering shares in the company - with the stipulation that you
may only sell them after three years to ensure talent longevity and staff
retention incentives”. Helcias also talked to us about the increase in
clients turning to CSG Talent for talent strategies to future-proof their
upcoming talent pipeline and position themselves better against competitors.
added, “Our years of expertise set CSG Talent apart; we have unrivalled market
knowledge, invested in multiple candidate databases and are ultimately very
honest with both clients and candidates. We genuinely care about our
relationships with clients.”
Talent’s Tom Moriarty also commented, “At CSG Talent, we focus on relationships with our
candidates, get to know them as human beings, understand their situation and
their motivations. Supporting candidates throughout their career journey, carrying
out due diligence and keeping regular contact during their active or less
active phases of searching for a new role has led to successful long-term
by NUS stated that over 60% of all
University and College students want to learn more about sustainability. A
further 87% said that they wanted their institution to take sustainability more
seriously. At the same time, the number of green-related degrees has increased
to 28.5%, with the US having the highest number of green degree offerings.
Moreover, high profile young campaigners such as Gretta Thunberg are proving to
be a strong driving force for the talent of the future.
Talent’s Solar Photovoltaic and EPC consultant, Helcias Ribeiro concluded
that “with new investment and greater publicity from global initiatives such
as COP26, many people are now completing an electrical engineering degree or a
sustainable energy masters as a direct result of this huge push towards
renewable energy. Renewable energy is the new cool thing for the younger
Indeed, the future looks bright for developments within renewable energy and those seeking a career within the sector. There is an opportunity to have a significant impact in creating a greener and more efficient world by driving innovation and new technology within renewable energy and this is something many professionals are passionate and motivated by.
you looking to hire new talent within the renewable
energy and clean technology space? Perhaps you’re concerned with staff
retention rates? Please speak to a member of our expert team for further
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