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Women in Energy Global Study

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NES Fircroft and Energy Jobline have released the results of the second Women in Energy Global Study.

The study was exclusively launched at the ‘POWERful Women Annual Conference 2020’. It is designed to highlight both the progress and challenges faced by women working in the energy sector in 2020.

Produced from the results of an online survey of 3000 energy professionals, the study investigates key topics within the gender diversity movement. This year the survey focused particularly on recruitment, retention, and mentoring.

Future-proofing the industry for the 21st century (as the sector transforms into a decarbonised, digitalised industry), will require the very best talent to drive initiatives through. The findings presented in this report can advance the progress, and process, of ‘effecting change’ in energy staffing through improved diversity best practice.

Key findings from the report include:

  • One of the things that excites women most about working in the energy sector is being able to contribute directly to new energy solutions – a clear USP for organisations looking to attract female talent.
  • Not enough mentoring is happening – only 32% of women said their employer has a formal mentoring programme and they identified this as a key reason why women struggle to climate the career ladder.
  • The top two things women want is sponsored training and learning (70%) and for flexible working opportunities (57%).
  • Diverse teams have proven to create the best results.
  • Women who answered the survey are excited about working in the industry and are positive about the effects of technology within it.
  • Women feel the recruitment process is now more inclusive, however there is a communication disconnect between employers and employees – 64% of women surveyed believe their employer is not communicating every promotion opportunity.

Vicki Codd, Global Marketing Director at NES Fircroft said: “We are incredibly pleased to share the findings of this unique, industry-leading study with energy recruitment leaders in a bid to help shape their future diversity strategies.

“This piece of research is designed to help take the temperature of women working in the energy industry and deliver insight into what they feel they need to thrive in the sector.”

Josh Young, Director at Energy Jobline added: “The energy industry continues to adapt itself for the future and this second-year report highlights the progression from last year and guides energy recruitment leaders in how they can further attract and retain a diverse workforce, that is proven to create the best results.”

To download a free copy of the Women in Energy Global Study, click here.

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