Utilities Firms Are Hiring More as Confidence Grows

Companies must recruit the right staff to navigate change

TRUMBULL, Conn.--()--Utilities firms are hiring as the global economy recovers. But employers need to be sure they are hiring the right people to help navigate the change ahead. Questionmark, the online assessment provider, is encouraging employers to assess staff before deciding to hire them, to ensure recruits have the skills to hit the ground running.

Data from payroll services firm ADP shows the US trade, transportation and utilities sector added 155,000 jobs in April alone.1 In the UK, the Office for National Statistics reported 607,000 job vacancies this year where “many were in the provision of utilities”.2

Employers recognize that the skills they need to recruit for are changing. Digital acceleration, changing customer expectations and clean energy is “driving the need for innovation, adaptability and new skills in the workforce”, according to the US Centre for Energy Workforce Development.3 Firms that do not hire the right people will struggle to keep pace with their competitors.

But, despite recognizing the need for new talents, hirers need recruitment processes that help diversify skills and drive innovation across the firm. Employers need people who can bring something new.

Lars Pedersen, CEO of Questionmark, said: “By measuring the skills and attitudes of candidates before hiring them, employers can make a more informed decision about who to bring into the team. Assessments indicate whether potential recruits can do what they say they can and if they are likely to have the right attitude for the job.

“Traditional hiring methods risk recruiting similar people. Those methods are unlikely to secure the new skills they need. Instead, assessing candidates before deciding to hire them gives employers the information they need to drive innovation and help their teams succeed.”

https://www.questionmark.com/sectors-and-uses/utilities/

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About Questionmark

Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark's cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.

1 https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/us-economy-regains-more-private-131048427.html
2 https://www.igd.com/social-impact/economics/article-viewer/t/economics-labour-market-update-from-ons/i/28015
3 https://www.utilityproducts.com/transmission-distribution/article/14197889/mind-the-gap-looming-data-skills-shortage-ahead

Contacts

US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438
UK: James Boyd-Wallis: james.boyd-wallis@fourteenforty.uk +44 7793 021 607
Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527

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Contacts

US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438
UK: James Boyd-Wallis: james.boyd-wallis@fourteenforty.uk +44 7793 021 607
Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527