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Miners looking to shift careers to renewables

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While it's no surprise oil and gas workers are looking to shift jobs to renewables, miners were also interested in making a move.

This week the Energy Outlook Report from in partnership with Brunel was released. The report highlights recruitment trends for 2021 across resources and energy sectors.

"The past year has seen an extensive leap in the number of employees looking to move jobs, both within their current sector and more broadly across the energy industry, going from slightly more than half (56%) in 2019 to nearly three-quarters (73%)," write the report authors.

Reasons given were aspirational or fears of redundancy in current occupations, and ..."this desire was highlighted by more than a third of jobseekers (37%) identifying Renewables as an area they would consider, including 45% of those working in Mining, a substantial increase on the next highest figure (Construction at 30%)."

Workers view renewables as more secure. The pandemic had the effect of making workers feel less secure about their jobs.

"The appeal of working in greener sectors is already significant and could continue to grow. In particular, younger workers
are attracted by the longer-term, more stable employment options on offer with renewable companies, and the fact
that sectors like Solar power or Offshore Wind are at the forefront of technological innovation makes them even more attractive."

The report noted that there was a drop in worker mobility. Respondents told the surveyors that "...location as one of
their top three factors when deciding whether to take a job and one in six (17%) specifically stated that they are looking to avoid excess travel.

However, miners and oil and gas workers were slightly more accomodating regarding travel.

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