Octopus Energy launches green jobs ‘hiring festival’

Energy and tech group Octopus Energy is expanding its services division with plans to onboard 3,000-4,000 new team members this year to accelerate the rollout of clean energy tech across the country.  

Octopus Energy boosts energy tech revolution with 4,000 new jobs

Roles on offer include heat pump engineers, solar and EV charger installers, delivery drivers and operations personnel.  

The hiring drive comes as Octopus Energy spearheads adopting smart home technology and fortifies its workforce to meet the burgeoning demand for heat pumps, solar panels and electric vehicle chargers. 

To speed up the hiring process, Octopus created ‘OctoPalooza’ – the UK’s first same-day hiring festival designed to attract top talent and rapidly expand its services workforce.  

Immersing aspiring candidates in the culture of Octopus

The carefully planned regional jobs fairs allow aspiring candidates to immerse themselves into the company’s vibrant culture, partake in hiring tests, and potentially get hired on the spot.  

Octopus is planning to hold the hiring festival once a month in different locations across the country, expecting to hire hundreds of engineers at each event.  

Launched in January, the first three ‘OctoPaloozas’ in Manchester, London and Peterborough saw more than 600 prospective candidates attend. Octopus recruited almost 400 new staff into their team on the same day.  

The family-friendly festival also offers free food, refreshments and activities for kids, allowing everyone, no matter their circumstances, to take part and find an exciting new career.  

Octopus has been named one of the UK’s ‘Best Places to Work’ by the Sunday Times and Glassdoor. Last year, the company received 260,000 applications for 2,000 jobs, 1,200 of which were hired by the company’s services division.  

It comes as demand for heat pumps surges. The latest figures by the government show that applications for the heat pump grant are up by 39% compared to the year before*. Octopus Energy already has over 100,000 customers waiting to get a heat pump installed.   

John Szymik, CEO of Octopus Energy Services, commented: “In true Octopus fashion, we’ve thought creatively to speed up hiring the UK’s best talent into sustainable services jobs.  

F1 pitstop for recruitment

“OctoPalooza is our version of F1’s pitstop process – turbocharging the time it takes to hire exceptional people into future-proof jobs that fit around their lives, not the other way around.   

“We’re creating 3,000-4,000 new jobs this year alone, which will help boost the British economy and drive prosperity across all regions.” 

‘OctoPalooza’ stands as a testament to Octopus Energy’s commitment to inclusivity and innovation, offering a dynamic platform for individuals of all backgrounds and skill sets to explore different career possibilities within the energy tech industry. 

The next ‘OctoPalooza’ events will be in Oxford (22nd March) and Kent (10th April).