Stephan Golz is a representative of wind energy recruitment specialist of Stegmann Personal, an agency under the umbrella of the 7 (S)-Group, and one of the first companies of its kind to specialise in this sector. PES finds out what new demands the rapid growth of wind energy is placing on his firm, and how it keeps afloat in an increasingly competitive market.
PES: To begin, can you provide us with a brief overview of the services your company provides?
Stephan Golz: As an employment agency, Stegmann Personal arranges and supervises work contracts and temporary placements for clients across Europe. With more than 160 subsidiaries, 7 (S)-Group has around 8000 employees – with more coming on board every day. Under a multibrand strategy, the group has seven areas of expertise, including wind energy, industry and technology, aviation, engineering, information technology, medical care and logistics.
PES: What are staff levels like in the renewable energy industry?
Stephan Golz: Currently, around 200 engineers and blue-collar workers have placements in the renewable energy sector, taking care of project development, operation and maintenance, specifically the repair and upkeep of rotor blades.
PES: HR is an expense that some companies might choose to cut back on – what are the dangers of keeping initiatives solely in-house.