May 4, 2015
UK Renewable Energy Employment Grows 7 Times Faster than the National Average
Newly released regional and national jobs analysis by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) shows remarkable growth in the UK’s renewable energy labour market.
Between 2013 and 2014, employment in renewable energy increased by almost 9 percent for the UK as a whole. This brings the total number of people working for the industry to 112,026.
In comparison, the Office for National Statistics reported average employment growth of just 1.2 percent during the same period.
London, the East Midlands, North West England and Scotland all benefited from exceptionally large increases in a number of renewable energy sectors.
The best-performing sector was in biomass heating, where employment increased by more than 19 percent across the UK.
The leading area for renewable energy employment is still London, where 21,034 people are currently working for the industry. This is followed by South East England, who employs 14,767, and North West England, who employs 10,693.
Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, Dr. Nina Skorupska said:
“We are delighted to see such significant jobs growth across all technologies and industries in the renewable energy sector. This reflects greater confidence not only in the renewables market, but also the wider economy as a whole. Our industry offers a wealth of unique and exciting career opportunities and plays an essential part in ensuring that the UK meets its renewable energy targets.”
Source: Renewable Energy Association (REA)
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