The Graying Utility Workforce
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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for LinkedIn called “Top 10 Utility Industry Trends”. At that time, I was toying with including the concept of the graying of the utility workforce as a trend, but this issue certainly is not new; it has been a known concern for utilities for the last 15 years or more. So, while it may not be considered a trend, it is still a major concern.
The average age of US utility workers is over 50, several years older than the national average. This means that a large percentage of the utility workforce will retire in the coming years, and not enough skilled workers will exist to fill the gap. Many utilities are already grappling with vast retirements.