UK renewable energy jobs grow faster than national average
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has released regional and national jobs analysis, which has revealed significant growth in the UK’s renewable energy labour market.
In the UK as a whole, employment in renewable energy increased by 9% across all sectors, bringing the total number working in the industry to 112,026.
In comparison, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported average growth of 1.2% during the same period.
The East Midlands, North West England, London and Scotland saw particularly large increases in a number of renewable energy sectors.
The highest performing sector this year was in biomass heating, where employment increased by an average of nearly a fifth (19%) across the UK.
London continues to be the leading area for renewable employment where 21,034 people are currently in post.
This is followed by the South East England region (14,767), and the North West (10,693).
Renewable Energy Association chief executive 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.
“Whilst these new figures are extremely encouraging, it is of upmost importance that renewable energy remains a priority for the incoming government.”