UK’s green job creation on an upward curve

A study carried out by the UK‘s renewable sector trade body has found that 74 per cent increase in jobs in the sector over the last three years.

The number of people working in the country’s wind and marine power sector now stands at more than 34,000, according to the study, commissioned in collaboration with Energy & Utility Skills and compiled by Cambridge Econometrics.

The report states there are now nearly 18,500 people working directly in the industry, which is more than triple the 5,005 people working in the UK coal industry.

Nearly 16,000 people also have jobs that indirectly support the industry, such as gearbox manufacturers, and other component suppliers, the research found, bringing the total number of people employed in the sector to more than 34,000.

The offshore wind sector was credited with the majority of the growth, as direct employment in that industry more than doubled from just over 3,000 to more than 6,800 over the period.

Another significant finding is that SMEs employing fewer than 250 people account for more than 80 per cent of employers in the sector.

RenewableUK chief executive Maria McCaffery said the industry was on track to be employing more than 70,000 people over the next decade, but added that the government needed to set 2030 renewable energy targets, to provide longer term certainty for those in the supply chain.

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