The energy industry is evolving at an ever-growing pace. Changes in market forces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumer preferences, government regulations, and other factors mean companies that thrive are those that stay in front. But that’s not all they have in common. Today’s energy firms also must be strategic to seize early market opportunities. Here, we review why working with an energy staffing company can help your business thrive because, after all, employees are one of your most significant assets.

The Energy Market Landscape

To put it all into perspective, the energy market landscape is transforming. Before the global COVID-19 pandemic, energy was one of the fastest-growing U.S. industries.  However, according to the 2021 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), the market saw a substantial decrease in jobs post-COVID.  That’s not to say there hasn’t been a resurgence, but as energy jobs make a comeback, hiring qualified candidates continues to be a challenge for energy companies. Even before COVID-19 became our new normal, over 75 percent of energy employers found it difficult to recruit skilled workers.

With so much emphasis on flexibility and adaptability and hedging against potential market downturns, we’re finding many energy companies are looking for ways to increase efficiency while reducing cost. An energy staffing partnership does just that. Recruiters can help an energy company meet both goals simultaneously, especially since they can source contract workers.

Recruiters take on many strategic plan tasks, including prescreening candidates, ensuring a higher-quality candidate pool, and freeing hiring managers to focus on their day-to-day work.

Energy Staffing Benefits

A reactive company without an energy staffing firm relationship may win a project and require staffing fast but fall behind because they don’t have the resources to find the talent.  Working with an energy staffing firm allows clients to respond quickly to project staffing needs and ONLY for the period needed. Suppose you’re reading this and considering a staffing firm partnership as part of a strategic hiring plan. In that case, our recommendation is to vet agencies now. The energy industry is unique in many ways, from its resources to the people and capabilities it needs to achieve its goals.

Successful companies have a solution to quickly get top talent or have a pre-empted model/strategy to get talent in place. Hiring for an energy project may be one task on a manager’s plate. At a staffing firm, it’s the ONE task. Working with an energy staffing firm affords you an easy, long-term relationship regarding hiring and gives you peace of mind that you have a strategic staffing plan supporting all your hiring needs.

Growth in Staffing

Here is a number to think about –  did you know the staffing industry is one market that is experiencing growth? U.S. staffing firms hire 16 million temporary and contract employees in just one year.   Let your recruiters know what positions you require, and they provide a selection of candidates so you can move forward. Just as today’s leaders need to plan for success, energy companies hiring new talent in all positions should do the same. According to the American Staffing Association (ASA), flexibility, speed, and access to top talent are the most significant reasons companies use staffing firms. What’s more, we can quickly help clients adjust the size of their workforce.

At FootBridge, our recruiters specialize in placing top talent throughout the energy industry. For connections to great candidates and help with short- and long-term staffing plans, contact FootBridge today to learn more.