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  1. Survey Demographics • 31 companies responded representing 44% of all electric and natural gas utility employees • Respondents represent electric and natural gas operations in 46 states • Results do not represent Rural Electric cooperatives • Results are for non-nuclear generation, transmission and distribution

  2. What we learned • Employees are retiring after age 58 and 25 years of service – later than in previous survey results • Non retirement attrition is greater than previous estimates – 4.2% compared to 3.7 which may reflect moves within the company, but out of the skilled trades positions

  3. Recruiting and Hiring • 84% of respondents said they were not in a hiring freeze • But, 88% of respondents reported that their companies have slowed down hiring • 30% of those in a hiring freeze expected it to last less than one year with the rest reporting the duration was unknown at this point • 32% of respondents said they had some downsizing in 2009

  4. 2009 Survey Results Industry hiring decreased by 56% from 2008 to 2009 with the largest decrease in technicians and engineers

  5. 2009 CEWD SurveyHiring by Function Generation hiring decreased by 49% while T & D decreased by 60%

  6. Skilled Trades SummaryYears of Service vs. Retirement Age

  7. Skilled Trades Retirement and Attrition Assumes an even age distribution for retirements over next 5 years

  8. 2008 Age and Years of ServiceData reflecting Potential retirements for Skilled Trades

  9. Summary Findings Estimated Number of Potential Replacements

  10. Potential Replacements by Skilled Trades Job Category by 2015

  11. Engineering Positions • 74 % of respondents require an electrical engineering degree from a 4 year university for an individual to work in a titled engineering position • 52% provide tuition reimbursement for new hires or incumbents and 23% provide company sponsored training to gain the required level of knowledge if they do not have an Electrical Engineering degree • In the future, 85% will not likely hire for Electrical Engineering positions without an Electrical Engineering degree or relevant coursework • Most companies do not have the ability to identify employees by type of engineering degree

  12. Skilled Trade Occupations with Apprenticeships Respondents reported

  13. How is Lineworker training conducted? Most companies reported having internal company training programs for lineworkers

  14. Training partnerships • 81% of respondents are currently partnered with one or more community colleges or vocational programs to provide new or pipeline employees • 68% say these partnerships reduce required initial training and time to qualify new hires • 76% say there are cost or other quantifiable benefits from the partnerships

  15. Workforce Planning Methodologies Benchstrength and retirement modeling are the most common methodologies used

  16. Estimating Retirements Companies use Age and Years of Service and Historic department average most frequently in estimating future retirements

  17. Workforce Planning • No respondents reported that their workforce planning system is fully integrated with business planning • 47% of participants report their system is partially integrated