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Is Green the New Black?

InterSearch Worldwide considers the impact of the green revolution – solar-powered by newly elected President of the USA – on the talent market.

by Harris Karaolides, InterSearch Energy & Renewable Energy Practice Leader

Harris Karaolides
Harris Karaolides

Across the globe we are all feeling the effects of climate change and the inaction of world leaders – on our health, finances, and overall quality of life. The coronavirus pandemic, which emerging research suggests is aggravated by air pollution, has shed new light on this reality.

While the Trump administration favoured the oil and gas industry, Biden’s team will also be paying significant attention to renewable energy. Biden’s policies respect the incontrovertible scientific evidence that swift and robust action is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid serious socio-economic consequences.  He has pledged to build a more resilient, sustainable, clean energy economy to meet the 2050 Paris Agreement deadline.

Trump described Biden’s focus on climate change as a recipe for economic devastation, accusing him of risking millions of American jobs. However, Biden has promised a clean energy revolution that creates millions of unionised middle-class jobs. His vision requires policy makers and clean-energy companies to replace the number of fossil-fuel jobs that could be lost in the transition from coal and oil.

According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, salary and benefits in the wind and solar power industries, fundamental to a clean energy transition, lag those in oil, gas and coal. Once established, solar and wind energy installations usually require less staff to maintain than oil and gas infrastructure, and both industries rely on imported components to keep costs low, potentially affecting job creation. However, Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan, relatively double the cost to put the first man on the moon, not only envisions a measured transition, it also intends to create jobs across a variety of other sectors, including construction, power transmission, electric vehicle manufacturing, and charging infrastructure.

Commenting specifically on the automotive sector, Malena Juárez, Regional Leader Americas Energy & Renewables Practice Group of InterSearch, says:

Malena Juárez
Malena Juárez

“Biden’s climate and clean energy plan will have a direct impact in different industrial sectors, one of them the automotive industry. His project will include building a strong structure of skilled trades like engineering workers in order to help make the clean energy economy possible. Electric vehicle manufacturing could be particularly attractive to those countries with a currently high dependency on oil imports and a positive electricity trade balance.  Of course, one important factor is both the development and variation in the price of oil vs. electricity in the different countries.”

The Biden administration acknowledges the possibility of initial growing pains as the nation transitions to a cleaner energy infrastructure, but his plan includes retraining and other support for traditional fossil fuel workers who might be affected.

While workers are eager to retrain to escape “black gold’s” boom-and-bust cycles, recently evidenced during the pandemic as people drive and fly less, some are concerned about the lower salaries in the renewable energy industry. However, salaries are likely to increase automatically as the renewable energy sector grows, becomes unionised and is pressured to attract more workers. Jobs such as wind technicians and solar panel installers are the first and third fastest growing positions, according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, and electric vehicles and other related industries are powering ahead led by visionaries such as Elon Musk.

In fact, some analysts and economists believe that Wall Street’s increasing investment in the renewable energy sector has the potential to provide more jobs than any fossil fuel industry. Says Ana Ber, Regional Leader Central & Eastern Europe Energy & Renewables Practice Group of InterSearch:

Ana Ber
Ana Ber

“Jobs in renewable energy can be created directly and indirectly along the entire value chain, including in the manufacturing and distribution of equipment; the production of inputs such as chemicals; or even in services like project management and operation. We all should be aware that the success of implementing green policies is dependent on the availability of skilled people. With the green revolution just starting, upskilling and reskilling are indispensable and companies as well as governments must take responsibility for this. To implement such a program you need a clear strategy and answering key questions, such how to finance it. In Europe we already see some initiatives, for example Enel in Romania including upskilling in their CSR program, and the CSR Europe/JP Morgan initiative ‘Upskill 4 Future’ which launched pilot projects in Spain, Italy, France and Poland.“

The agricultural sector will also likely benefit from jobs through the increased harvesting of feedstock and other biomass, and roles related to natural pesticides, efficient land management and aquaculture.

Improved energy supply through renewable sources, as opposed to diminishing traditional fuels, will contribute to the expansion of existing economic activities in other sectors, and jobs in renewable energy production involve less hazardous working conditions. This not only means additional jobs, but better quality jobs.

Indraneel Dass
Indraneel Dass

“Biden will be keen to push for exports of energy as USA is largely self-sufficient in energy, and this will augur well for fighting climate change at a global level, this is the need of the hour and he will lead from the front on this aspect,”

comments Indraneel Dass, Regional Leader Asia Energy & Renewables Practice Group of InterSearch.

The executive search & recruitment industry is observing the rise of new training programmes and roles pertaining to energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage, energy trading, green manufacturing and construction, environmental specialities, public transportation and recycling. Just as the digital revolution created brand new jobs such as Data Analyst, Scrum Master, and Digital Strategist, so too is the green revolution sprouting job titles such as Soil Planning Specialist and Environmental Protection Manager. And, of course, there is the question of corporate leadership:

 

Jan Oinaes
Jan Oinaes

“How do you recruit senior people for an industry that hasn’t been around long enough to have enough senior people in it? This is what our clients are asking” Jan Oinaes, Regional Leader North & Western Europe Energy & Renewables Practice Group of InterSearch.“ That’s where an executive search firm with a proven deep understanding of the sector can really add value.”

Amid a devastating pandemic and economic calamity, the 2020 U.S. election is the first in history with climate change playing a role; a trend that will no doubt permeate the rest of the world. While some may continue to argue the expense of addressing global warming; the devastating costs of leaving climate change unchecked can be considered much more so.

InterSearch Worldwide is a leading global executive search organization. Established in 1989, InterSearch ranks as one of the top international executive search organizations in the world, with more than 90 offices in over 50 countries. Through a network of partner firms and their breadth of knowledge and expertise, InterSearch provides clients with access to exceptional candidates anywhere across the globe, with experienced locally based consultants in each individual market.

 

Are you facing challenges recruiting top-notch talent for the Renewable Energy sector anywhere in the world? Please contact Harris Karaolides on h.karaolides@intersearch.org +971 50 5502701 for more information on how InterSearch Worldwide can help.

Energy, Energy and renewable energies, Oil & Gas and Renewables Practice Group

Promotion of inclusion and labour diversity in Chile: “Open the mind” and “build spaces that embrace talent”

HK Human Capital – InterSearch Chile signs an alliance with InclusivApp to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the executive labour market.

 

The agreement “stems from the concern to reach professionals with some degree of disability so that we can include them in our searches,” explains Leslie Cooper, CEO and founder of HK.

The co-founder of InclusivApp, Karla Araya, emphasized that she seeks to encourage companies to promote “the effective visibility and appreciation of the talents of people with disabilities, presenting themselves as an opportunity for the business ecosystem.”

InclusivApp is a mobile application that facilitates the movements of people with disabilities in the cities and also certifies companies suitable to hire them. HK Human Capital signed the alliance with them to promote the professional inclusion of this sector of population in the labour market of executives.

“This alliance was born out of the concern to reach professionals with some degree of disability in order to include them in our searches” explains Leslie Cooper, CEO and founder of HK, who adds: Since some years we have set out to be more inclusive and diverse in our shortlist of candidates. However, there was a group – professionals with disabilities – we were not reaching. We got in touch with various people and organizations and finally we reached Karla Araya, a tremendous professional with dreams and concerns similar to ours”.

The co-founder of InclusivApp, Karla Araya, highlighted that “our alliance allows us to generate a collaborative bond whose purpose is to transform the non-inclusive organizational culture, towards the effective visibility and valuation of the talents of people with disabilities, presenting itself as an opportunity for the business ecosystem”.

She also highlighted that “people with disabilities have already participated in the headhunting processes led by HK and from the very beginning the alliance was developed quickly. The main engine has been the passion that both teams have for inclusion, materializing in the creation of scenarios that promote equal opportunities”. 

Please find here the original article in spanish:

https://www.hkhumancapital.cl/2020/10/19/hk-human-capital-firma-alianza-con-inclusivapp-para-fomentar-la-inclusion-de-personas-en-situacion-de-discapacidad-en-el-mercado-laboral-de-ejecutivos-2/

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InterSearch Worldwide welcomes Daria Tulubenskaya to the Board of Directors

InterSearch Worldwide Ltd. – international executive search in 70+ countries – welcomes Daria Tulubenskaya to the Board of Directors.

Daria is a Partner of the Russian member Kontakt InterSearch Russia. She is personally involved in Executive Search projects in Russia and on the international markets in cooperation with the InterSearch worldwide organization, where she leads the Central Eastern Europe Consumer Goods Practice.

Her expertise stems from building up Kontakt’s “Sports Industry” and “Textile Industry” Practices besides being in charge of the “Fashion & beauty retail” and “Consumer goods (FMCG)”. Earlier in 2020 she launched “SmartTrek”, which helps top managers to build career tracks.

A graduate in “Personnel Management” and currently an MBA student at The Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, Daria is a speaker and moderator at business events and a recognized expert on business media.

“I thank the InterSearch Shareholders for their trust. This is a personal big challenge for me” commented Daria, who added: “during the global conference of InterSearch in Cracow, Poland in 2017 I set a personal goal for myself to make the Russian InterSearch office more meaningful on the global level. We initiated several international projects, visited other InterSearch offices worldwide and shared best practices, hosted an InterSearch Academy in Moscow and carried out complex and interesting projects for our clients in partnership with our international colleagues. It proved to be the right approach and we’ll continue on the same path in these unpredictable times.”

“The InterSearch leadership will benefit from the new Director Daria Tulubenskaya. She will bring fresh ideas to the Board’s table and inspiring inputs to the whole InterSearch community”  said Frank Schelstraete, Chairman of InterSearch Worldwide.

 

Directors, leaders, leadership

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Executive Search, industry insights, InterSearch Ireland, Life Sciences, Life Sciences Expertise, Life Sciences industry

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