LONDON, ENGLAND — Businesses in the renewable energy sector have high expectations to meet in the months ahead, said Joseph Boll, EcoCareers CEO. He noted that while rapid, worldwide developments in this regard are positive for the environment and for achieving sustainability goals, they also inadvertently add pressure on businesses in the field.
“Climate change has presented a serious problem for years now, but it’s good that more businesses are finally coming onboard to adopt more sustainable practices that will help to fight it off,” said Boll.
His organisation, EcoCareers is an online jobs board and resource website for all jobs in sustainability, whether traditional green jobs like solar panel technicians or environmental scientists to jobs in industries that are newer to sustainability, like fashion and manufacturing. EcoCareers seeks to connect employers, hiring managers and HR personnel in the green sector with jobseekers and the top talent in their respective industries.
Boll continued, “It’s exciting and encouraging to see the various sectors of the green economy take off at breakneck speeds. But, at the same time, it means competition is getting intense on a global scale to see which countries will emerge as leaders in this developing and highly lucrative field.”
Specifically and most recently, the United States passed its Inflation Reduction Act, which paves the way for more of their renewable energy businesses to expand. This in turn has caused industry stakeholders in the United Kingdom to grow increasingly concerned about whether the region will fall behind in the renewable energy domain. But Boll pointed out that that’s not the only factor green businesses have to worry about.
“UK businesses in the green economy also have pressure from the socioeconomic standpoint, in terms of not just keeping up with providing hundreds of thousands of jobs but also ensuring those jobs are of a high quality,” the CEO added. “With this highly-skilled, developing sector, there’s also an expectation that these jobs will be high-paying, and come with the kinds of considerations that may have been thought of as ‘bells and whistles’ before the pandemic but have now largely become expected by the labour force.”
Elaborating, Boll noted that benefits like job flexibility from Day 1 will be expected even on top of the expectation of a certain tier of wages. Further, with the labour market for renewable energy already being tight, employers have particularly high expectations to meet if they are to attract and retain adequate talent while also keeping up with global competition.