2015 Energy Sector Hiring Trends

A reviving economy means upward growth in just about every industry. It’s certainly good news for the energy industry, which supplies the energy needed to keep all those businesses going from day to day. While hiring in the energy sector is expected to stay strong in 2015, pinpointing certain trends within the sector can help energy companies find the right people at the right times.

Here’s what to expect in energy-sector hiring this year:

Marcellus Shale production – and hiring needs – will continue to boom.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Marcellus Shale is one of the fastest-growing areas of the U.S. energy economy. Fast growth means fast hiring, and finding the right people to meet the needs for engineers, project managers, and other professionals has become a significant challenge for companies working in Pennsylvania and surrounding regions.

From 2007 to 2012, Pennsylvania climbed the energy-sector hiring charts to become second only to Texas in the number of employees working in the energy industry, according to the BLS. This growth is expected to continue into 2015.

Hiring engineers may take a backseat as cyber security becomes a major issue.

Online security and big data management are among the top concerns for industries across the globe, and the energy industry is no exception. Because they face unique challenges regarding security and threat detection, energy companies must also pour specialized resources into cyber security and data management – which means finding people with the right skills to develop, manage, and update these tools. Expect IT specialists to become the new “must-have” hires for energy companies in 2015.

Risk management and regulatory response will become an “all-hands-on-deck” situation.

Energy companies are no strangers to either risk management or the need to manage an ever-growing list of local, state, federal, and global regulations. But the days in which individual departments could target and manage their own risks are long gone. Energy companies in 2015 will need people who understand the risks and regulations and who can take an “interdisciplinary” approach, uniting and streamlining management efforts across departments.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our staffing partners make it their mission to identify and anticipate hiring trends in the energy industry. Contact us today to learn how we can put our knowledge to work for you.

How to Use Performance Reviews to Help You Staff More Strategically

The season for annual performance reviews is upon us, and the added workload may be putting a strain on managers’ already overcrowded plates. Who has the time to think about next year’s strategic staffing plan as well?

The answer is: You do!

By thinking of performance reviews as a chance to review your strategic staffing practices, as well as a chance to review each employee’s progress, your organization can “supercharge” your relationship with your staffing firm. Here’s how:

  1. Collect information thoughtfully. Take a moment to consider your organization’s current process for annual performance reviews. How do you collect and manage information about employee progress? Are supervisors directly involved in performance reviews, and are their comments written? Does the employee have the chance to offer insight and feedback? How closely do the performance-review “metrics” match the job description?
    When performance review criteria carefully track the actual requirements of the job, and when both employees and direct supervisors are encouraged to give honest, written feedback, the organization can both make its expectations clearer to each employee and gather the information needed to analyze whether strategic staffing efforts are working.
  1. Spend extra time with new employees. If you’ve hired new staff under the current strategic staffing plan, spend a little extra time with them during the performance review. Ask them how their onboarding process went, how well they feel they are fitting in with the team and the organization as a whole, and what could have been done during hiring or onboarding to improve their experience. Their answers will help you evaluate how the staffing plan is working in concrete, “real-life” situations.
  1. Talk to your recruiter. Whether your staffing firm helped your organization create its current strategic staffing plan or has just begun its relationship with you, schedule a meeting to talk about 2015’s staffing plan soon after you complete performance reviews. Bring information from the reviews and feedback from employees and supervisors to the meeting. You and your staffing firm can pinpoint areas where your staffing plan works well and areas that need improvement, and develop ways to improve the results in the next round of hiring.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters know the energy industry, and we specialize in helping our clients make strategic staffing decisions now and in the future. Contact us today to learn more about our energy industry recruitment services.