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UK energy sector faces skills gap

Firms are finding it increasingly difficult to find and retain staff with the skills needed for the future, delegates said at a discussion hosted by Interfax this week Firms are finding it increasingly difficult to find and retain staff with the skills needed for the future, delegates said at a discussion hosted by Interfax this week.
By Peter Stewart 20 September 2018 0 32616
Inspecting assets with a drone. Drone pilots have seen their pay rise by 40% in the past year. (Sky Futures)

The UK energy sector is facing a growing skills gap despite the increasing use of technology leading to more automation. 

Interfax hosted a panel discussion on energy sector skills at the British Institute of Energy Economics’ 12th Oxford Research Conference this week. Panellists from BP, Centrica Innovation, the Energy & Utility Skills Partnership, and the Energy Institute (EI) discussed the skills needed in the energy sector, and how they are affecting careers and organisational structures.

As the energy sector makes the transition from centralised to distributed power...