THE ENERGY sector has lost a third of its workforce in the past five years, reported Energy Minister Franklin Khan.
He was speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the Three-Tier Mentorship Programme for Energy Professionals at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain.
He said employment in the industry, both private sector and public sector, has seen a steep drop of 33 per cent over the last five years, from 21,700 people in 2014 to 14,600 in 2019.
In terms of the public sector, he reported from 2005 to present there has been a constant stream of resignations from the Energy Ministry, with the principal reason being the disparity in compensation between the ministry and the rest of the energy sector. As at December 2018, he said, a further 56 officers had resigned to take up better-paying energy-sector positions, and the ministry also lost contract officers over the same period.