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Renewables jobs growing four times faster than the rest of the UK market | Energy industry

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The number of jobs being created in the renewable energy sector is growing four times faster than the overall job market in the UK, it has emerged.

New data shows that 2.2% of all new jobs in the UK have been classified as “green”, although concerns are growing over London’s dominance in the sector.

The number of advertised green jobs nearly tripled in the past year, equivalent to 336,000 jobs, according to the second edition of consultancy PwC’s annual Green Jobs Barometer.

However, more than a third of these roles are now based in London and the South East, particularly in professional and scientific roles.

Scotland, which dominates the UK onshore and offshore wind market, has the highest proportion of green jobs, at 3.3%, up from 1.7% last year.

In England, where a moratorium on new onshore wind projects in England is coming to an end, London has seen the second highest increase in green jobs as a proportion of its labor market. PwC said that in terms of employment volume, London and the South East are “dipping away from the rest of the country”.

In Wales, where progress is being made in the development of solar and tidal energy, there has been a 150% increase in the number of advertised green jobs with strong demand for green roles in manufacturing, construction and professional services.

Yorkshire and the Humber, along with Northern Ireland, fell in the rankings, each with a green jobs share of 1.9% – although both improved from 1.2% in the last year.

Every region of the UK has seen green jobs make up a larger share of the labor market than in previous years, and the number of green jobs has more than doubled in the year to June 2022.

Carl Sizer, Head of Regions at PwC UK, said: While Wales and Scotland are among the top performers, it is striking that one in five new green roles are based in the capital.

“If growth continues on this trajectory, the cumulative effect means that the green economy will increase London’s dominance over other cities and regions. If we are to achieve our net zero ambitions while driving growth, the green economy must be national.

Industry leaders have expressed concern that although the case for renewable energy has been underscored by high prices and energy security concerns since the invasion of Ukraine, developers face significant hurdles in getting projects off the ground.

The government has been criticized for not moving fast enough on green energy and helping to create jobs in the sector. Labor has pledged to create thousands of renewable energy jobs and launch a public energy company.

In May, the government said its new Green Jobs Delivery Group would aim to support the creation of “up to 480,000 skilled green jobs” by 2030. At this stage, ministers hope that 95% of the electricity will be low-carbon and £100 billion investment can be unlocked.

Graham Stuart, Minister of State for Energy and Climate, said: “Today’s report shows how public and private investment in new renewable energy and the fight against climate change is creating growth. and job opportunities across the country.

“These new green jobs are part of a growing industry that will be crucial to the future net zero economy, but we need to ensure that all regions of the country benefit as we continue to increase opportunity.”

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