New Study on the Energy Workforce Shows a Shift

Written by:

Katie Mehnert

Building a diverse, inclusive workforce to power the energy transition is one of the most important tasks the world faces. Bringing together people of different backgrounds, skills, and perspectives is a necessity for innovation and creativity in building a lower-carbon, more sustainable future. When industry leaders in Houston attend ALLY Energy's 5th Annual Energy Workforce of the Future Summit on March 6, they'll see the results of a new global study showing what it takes to achieve that task.

A key statistic from this study:  Two-thirds of the employees in oil and gas surveyed say they are considering moving to another sector.


The 2023 Energy Transition Outlook Study (download here) from NES Fircroft surveyed more than 11,000 people across the sector, from oil and gas to renewables. Packed with detailed analysis, the report shows what it takes to attract and retain highly skilled employees.

"Amid a tight labor market, intense competition for talent, and tremendous investments flowing into climate tech, energy companies need to know everything they can about how to compete for the best employees," says ALLY Chief Executive Officer Katie Mehnert. "This report provides new and important insights."

The study features a message from Mehnert:

"We need to understand the workforce now, and how it is changing rapidly. We need to know what makes people satisfied or dissatisfied in different parts of the sector; what they're looking for; what their challenges are; and what will help attract and retain new recruits."

"We're delighted to profile our 2nd Energy Transition Report at ALLY's event," says Vicki Codd, group marketing director at NES Fircroft. "As the energy sector transforms into a decarbonized, digitalized industry, it is crucial that we ensure the talent pools are available and that we have the right balance of skills and experience to deliver the projects of the future. With this report, we hope to offer energy employers unique insight into the current temperature of the talent landscape and how they can attract, retain and develop the expertise they need."

The report adds to other studies providing energy leaders with important data, such as the U.S. Energy & Employment Jobs Report from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Following the success of last year’s survey, respondents were asked:

  • If workers feel they have the skills to tackle the changing energy landscape
  • Do they want to move sectors? And if they have moved, how did they find the transition?
  • How do viewpoints differ across sectors?
  • How do they feel macro events (such as the Russia / Ukraine conflict) will impact the industry?

With this report, the hope is to offer energy employers a unique insight into the current temperature of the talent landscape and how they can attract, retain and develop the expertise they need.

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