GETI 2021: nuclear professionals unfazed by pandemic-related instability

  • Six-in-ten nuclear professionals feel confident that their business is resilient to the challenges it faces
  • 92 per cent of those aged under 25 are satisfied with their decision to enter the sector
  • 68 per cent cite advances in engineering as among the most important opportunities facing nuclear

LONDON, UK, 12 January 2021, The fifth annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest energy recruitment and employment trends report, is released today, showing that the nuclear workforce is confident in its resilience to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report by Airswift, the global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, and Energy Jobline, the world’s leading jobsite for the energy and engineering industries, reveals that 60 per cent of those working in nuclear feel confident that their business is resilient to the changes it faces. Only one-in-ten disagree.

This confidence is reflected in professionals’ enthusiasm for the sector, which remains undimmed by events. Sixty-three per cent of respondents say that, were they entering the industry now, they would choose to pursue a career in the sector – the same figure as two years ago. This rises to 92 per cent of younger professionals, aged under 25.

Janette Marx, Chief Executive Officer at Airswift, says: “There is no denying that this has been a challenging year for the energy industry, and COVID-19-related instability is certainly being felt by the workforce. Nuclear is a relatively stable sector and that is giving its workforce cause for optimism.

“However, there is always room for improvement. The extent and speed at which flexibility was built into nuclear business operations was truly impressive. To thrive over the coming years, the sector should approach digitalisation with a similar sense of urgency.”

In addition to providing much-needed insights into the uncertainty posed by the events of the past 12 months, GETI is also the industry’s most comprehensive salary and mobility study. Key findings within nuclear include:

  • The percentage of nuclear professionals reporting pay increases has dropped steeply year on year, from 54 per cent to 37 per cent. However, only 13 per cent report a decrease – the smallest proportion of any sector
  • Professionals (51 per cent) and hiring managers (60 per cent) alike are optimistic of a pay increase next year, with nearly a quarter of professionals expecting to see an increase of more than five per cent
  • Seventy-seven per cent of professionals would consider relocating to another region for their job, with career progression opportunities (28 per cent) and lifestyle and low cost of living (23 per cent) the primary factors attracting talent to a region
  • Power and renewables remain the biggest sources of competition for talent, winning the votes of 37 per cent and 34 per cent of those open to switching sectors, respectively

Josh Young, Director at Energy Jobline, says: “Nuclear employers should take heart. The stability they are known for has perhaps never been more appealing. The key now is to build on that with the opportunities for training, mentorship and career progression that professionals are asking for. That will convince others that putting their roots down in nuclear is the best way to grow a blossoming career.”

Airswift and Energy Jobline surveyed 16,000 energy professionals and hiring managers in 166 countries across five industry sub-sectors: oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals. The report is available to download at

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