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Renewable energy jobs grow faster than national average

A regional and national jobs analysis released by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has released has revealed significant growth in the renewable energy labour market.

In the UK as a whole, employment in renewable energy increased by 9%, bringing the number of people working in the industry to 112,026.

In comparison, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported average employment growth of 1.2% during the same period.

The East Midlands, the North West, London and Scotland saw particularly large increases in a number of renewable energy sectors.

The highest-performing sector this year was 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, with 21,034 people currently in post. This is followed by the South East (14,767) and the North West (10,693).

REA 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.

“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. While these new figures are extremely encouraging, it is of upmost importance that renewable energy remains a priority for the incoming government.”

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