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The Energy Sector's Top Employment Trends For 2024 | Soundlines Group HR Consultancy


The energy transition has been accelerated, revenues from renewable sources have increased, and oil and gas production profits have climbed due to skyrocketing energy costs and shortages. The industry is predicted to return to pre-pandemic salaries as a result.

Over 10,000 energy specialists participated in this year’s annual poll, and the results show that more and more candidates are seeking work that fulfills them personally and that they’ve set much higher career goals than just making money. Additionally, it is discovered that rising supply chain costs are exacerbating the skills shortage in the sector and reducing workplace discontent due to higher wages and greater job satisfaction. 

Which is the greatest alternative for employees in the energy sector?

Because of the increase in gas prices, oil and gas has emerged as the most desirable profession for energy workers looking to change careers, according to GETI data. 

The crisis has caused a boom in industry salaries that have surpassed pre-pandemic levels. Eighty-three percent of workers in the oil and gas industry expect to receive more money in the next year, while forty-four percent said they received a pay increase the year before. Of the respondents, 41% believe they will receive a pay increase of more than 5% in the following year. 

Wage rises are driven by intense competition for oil and gas staff; nearly one-third of these workers report being headhunted more than six times in the previous year. 

This suggests that the balance of power has shifted, allowing workers to negotiate higher wages. Transparency around salaries has also increased since several US states have made it mandatory for firms to publish their compensation ranges. The employee now has more power and is better equipped to thrive in the job market as a result.  

Which sector competes for talent the most?

According to GETI research, the nuclear workforce is the most sought-after in the energy industry, with 83% of nuclear experts being headhunted in the preceding year. 19% of all industries said they had received eleven or more approaches. 

Compared to natural gas, oil, and petrochemical workers, nuclear industry employees are twice as likely to receive calls from companies outside their industry.

Since 75% of nuclear power plant respondents indicated they would consider leaving the industry and moving to the oil and gas sector, employers may find this troubling. 


Only 59% of recruiters anticipate salary increases in the next year, which suggests that low compensation could contribute to nuclear professionals quitting the field. The nuclear industry’s employees are the least satisfied with their jobs, which makes this the worst prediction of any energy sector.

 Given the growing demand for top nuclear knowledge, employers must show their value to their staff through salary and benefits packages to retain them.

 To what extent is the petrochemical industry affected by inflation?

The poll indicates that the petrochemicals business has experienced the most impact from growing supply chain prices among all the sectors, leading to the biggest skills deficit.

Employees in the petrochemical sector state that rising supply chain costs have caused disruptions in 71% of their companies. Of these, 44% say that the interruption has caused a delay or decrease in hiring and talent retention.  Also, 41% of respondents agree it impacts income and benefit packages. This should worry businesses in the petrochemical sector because benefits and pay were found to be the main determinants affecting workers’ job satisfaction.

 The present gas shortages pose problems for the petrochemical industry about energy security. Petrochemical businesses claimed that the economic disruption had affected their expenditures in technology and digitalization because they relied on gas and oil as feedstocks. This suggests that the industry’s digital transformation is slowing down.

However, the survey also indicated certain benefits for workers in the petrochemical sector. Salary levels have soared due to the widening skills gap and the resurgence of interest in petrochemical goods; over half of those employed in this sector reported a pay increase in the previous year. Sixty-seven percent of participants said they were happy in their professions, and over 25 percent said they had received more than five percent wage increases.

 Why has the pay in the electricity sector increased?


The jump in infrastructure expenditure has resulted in higher pay for electrical workers; by 2022, they had returned to pre-pandemic levels. According to the GETI survey, when many regions made large investments in power system upgrades, 50% of employees working in the energy industry reported receiving higher pay. In addition, only 6% of employees experienced a pay reduction last year—a decline from 16% the year before.

 This trend is expected to persist into 2023, with 72% of managers being recruited forecasting more compensation rises this year and 46% expecting hikes of more than 5%.

 The income increase has made the industry feel more stable; the smallest % of employees, 41%, stated they would seek employment in a different field.


But because steel is now more expensive, infrastructure construction and grid connections will cost more. Higher pricing may divert resources away from incentives and pay, so employers must broaden their recruitment offerings beyond income and focus on broader differentiators, such as long-term viability to maintain this high level of job satisfaction.


This would appeal to candidates looking for meaningful work in the power sector, as hiring new employees increasingly depends on their ability to combat climate change.


Why would a person in the renewables sector want to work in the oil and gas industry?

The GETI analysis indicates that the energy transition could be hindered by trained people who leave the renewable energy sector for the oil and gas sector due to increased fossil fuel prices.

According to the report, fossil fuel companies profit from the price rises. This suggests that employees in the renewable energy sector looking for better employment elsewhere have opted for the oil and gas sector rather than the electrical sector.

87% of respondents stated they were considering leaving their current jobs, while 51% said they would enter the oil and gas sector. It is a 14% increase over the prior year. The main factor contributing to work dissatisfaction is pay (59%), followed by perks (50%). This implies that a big draw is the growing incomes linked to fossil fuels.

There are other businesses outside oil and gas for folks interested in renewable energy. Due to the increasing usage of digital technology in the energy sector, 25% of employees stated they would leave the industry to work for a technology company.

Businesses involved in renewable energy are also in high demand for personnel; almost a third of employees in this industry received six or more employment approaches in the last year, accounting for 78% of all approaches made to them.


Simply put

 The energy industry is experiencing seismic shifts that are causing some degree of disruption across its sectors. Because of this upheaval, the next wave of workers is rising, and they demand meaningful employment in addition to higher compensation. The goal of the modern worker is to make a significant professional contribution that advances society and the company.


People working in the oil and gas industry are seeing large income increases and new opportunities due to the global energy crisis. Employees choose jobs based on a wider range of criteria thanks to widespread pay rises and a shortage of skills. One of them is the desire to make a big difference in the environment and society.

 Businesses can use this to showcase the industry’s contributions to environmentally friendly technology, such as carbon capture and storage and high-performance polymers for electric cars. Employers should also allow employees to lead these projects to boost their sense of empowerment.

 Giving employees a say within the organization and a say in environmental and social advancements will be highly accepted. In the fight for energy talent, companies that can offer the best pay, benefits, career growth prospects, and the most social and environmental impact will win.


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