30 Nov 2010 02:11:38
Welcome to the "war for solar talent"
Whilst I have always had a slight problem with the "war" metaphor, the term "war for talent" was coined in the late 90s to refer to the increasingly competitive landscape for recruiting and retaining talented employees.
As the debate goes on about exactly how big the UK solar industry will grow to over the coming years, there is one certainty – the UK solar industry is facing a chronic skill shortage or what we in the industry call a "war for talent".
The early signs are already here – many of the UK's "established" solar firms, while growing, are losing an extremely high number of their experienced staff to well-funded start-ups, dynamic home-grown early-stage solar companies and to the big German manufacturers and developers hitting on our shores.
Although we are not seeing outright war yet, there are dozens of many smaller less conspicuous battles being fought as this blog goes out.
If the impending "war for talent" is not high on the agendas of boardrooms and executive suits (can I say "war rooms"?) of any ambitious solar company in the UK, beware.
Over the next few weeks we are going to be writing a series on the "impending war" for solar talent, essentially about how to win the small battles, to plan and fight against the onslaught and ensure victory.