Higher skills generate higher pay for energy sector works, but gender pay gap still persists

Energy Institute logoIn a survey of over 1,000 energy professionals, those with chartered status receive higher salaries, improved job security and increased work-life balance.

These are the key findings of the 2014 Hays Energy Salary and Benefits Guide, produced in partnership with the Energy Institute (EI), which provides an analysis of the current labour market conditions in the energy sector.

Sarah Beacock, Skills and Capability Director, the Energy Institute, said: ‘One of the strengths of the energy industry is the variety of highly specialist and highly technical roles.

” In particular, engineers remain in high demand within the sector. This survey shows a clear advantage for EI members and those with chartered status in terms of salary, job security and work-life balance.

“The energy industry has a lot to offer new entrants, but more can be done to promote energy as an exciting and vibrant career option, particularly among females, and from an early age.’

The report shows that 30% of respondents saw their salary rise in line with the cost of living in 2013, whilst 33% received a pay rise above this.

Those with qualifications and specialist skills, such as project managers and specialist engineers, continue to do well. One in ten were awarded a rise of between 6-10%; a further 10% enjoyed a jump of over 10%. The survey also revealed that almost twice as many people without chartered status earned below £41,000 than those with chartered status.

There is still evidence of a gender pay gap with only 12% of women earning between £61,000 and £80,000 compared with 16% of men; this also reflects the lack of women in specialist and senior roles.

Greg Lettington, Director, Hays Energy, said: ‘Our research shows the premium paid for specialist skills in the energy industry. A shortage of engineers in areas such as power system, substation design, distribution networks, low carbon energy generation and system design means salaries are likely to continue to rise as employers compete to attract the skills they need.

“As the current workforce reaches retirement age the pressure will be on for employers to address this skills gap. While many employers are taking action to upskill their existing workforce, more must be done to encourage new entrants to the industry, particularly women who are under-represented in energy.’

The full report provides more in-depth analysis on salaries, benefits, skills and recruitment trends. This survey covers the oil and gas, nuclear, renewables, biomass, biofuels, utilities and combined heat and power markets as well as energy demand and efficiency.

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