Gathering simple HR data on the number of people in the workforce would enable the industry’s storytellers to humanise the somewhat secretive industry, drawing more attention to the people working in it which would support this positive trajectory.
Global Workforce of the sector:
The nuclear sector is especially hurting owing to “an acute need for talent,” it says. It attributes this to two reasons. First, “certain roles are highly technical and specific to nuclear. These roles are tough to fill.” Second, the workforce is older than that in other energy sectors. Nearly a third of professionals are aged 55 or above, compared to just 20% in oil and gas. Given that talent is in short supply, salaries in the sector have continued to soar, the report notes.
However, engineers in the sector were in high demand. Around one-third of survey respondents said that mechanical and electrical engineering were the areas most impacted by talent shortages. The sector has also expanded apprenticeships and university graduate programs to address shortages. In China, for example, a chronic shortage of professionals has inspired the creation of a “nuclear university”—an institution dedicated solely to developing new nuclear talent. Also notable is that digitalization is heping alleviate the pain of a talent crunch. Ultimately, the nuclear sector will need to focus on creativity and resourcefulness to address its workforce challenges which may mean also hiring professionals without nuclear experience and for the nuclear professionals its important that they have a clear roadmap into the future.
ERC Pool of Nuclear Professionals:
Our current databse contains some 1100+ nuclear professionals of various nationalities such as Emiratis, French, Jordan, US, India, Romania, Japan, Ukraine, South Africa and so on across such roles such as:
- Nuclear Reactors Section Head
- Nuclear Power Plant Equipment Operator
- Power Plant Process System Design Engineer
- Senior Nuclear Procurement Engineer
- Nuclear Power Plant Operation Engineer
- TASK LEADER RCP nuclear power plant
- Resident inspector
- Contractor surveillance