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By Paul Homewood



Below is the Press Release from Indeed, the company who prepared the analysis:


  • UK green jobs need to be created 25 times faster than the current pace[1] to hit the Government’s target of 440,000 by 2030[2], according to analysis by the world’s largest job site Indeed
  • Ministers have announced sweeping new targets for homes and vehicles in a bid to reach its net zero commitments, but Indeed analysis shows the Green Industrial Revolution could be “tripped up” by the acute lack of green workers
  • Salaries below the UK average persist in many of the most common green jobs[3], while the North East of England and Wales have the highest concentrations of workers in the green economy[4]

London, 20th October 2021 – Green jobs need to be created at 25 times the current rate[1] if the Government is to meet its target of 440,000 new jobs in green industries by 2030[2], according to new analysis by the world’s largest job site Indeed.
The UK’s low carbon and renewable energy economy is in the spotlight as it prepares to host the COP26 international summit on climate change in November. Ministers have this week announced grants worth thousands of pounds to encourage homeowners to switch to greener heating, as well as money for on-street charging points for electric vehicles and the development of alternative energy sources. 
Government plans to end the sale of gas boilers by 2035[5] underline the need for more jobs to be created in the green economy as technologies evolve rapidly and new technicians and installers are required. 
Indeed’s analysis of postings on its platform showed the share of green job vacancies rose by 13% between January 2016 and October 2021, but that it still remains low at around 2,000 green roles per million job postings (0.2%). 
The study suggests new green jobs need to be created at approximately 25 times the current pace if the UK is to meet the Government’s target by the end of the decade. 
Chart: Green job postings per million[1]

The most common green job vacancies this year are for recycling workers, representing 19% of all green job postings on Indeed. This is followed by environmental managers, with 15% of postings, and ecologists at 10%[3]
Government announcements on green jobs have often described the roles as being “good quality” jobs but Indeed’s analysis shows typical salaries for green vacancies are mixed. 
The median £18,720 pay for recycling workers is significantly lower than the UK average full-time annual salary of £31,000[6]. Environmental managers, with an average salary of £37,500, and sustainability consultants (£42,500) are relatively well-paid roles in comparison, while other common green jobs tend to pay close to or below the UK average. 
Table: Most common green jobs with median advertised salaries[3]

There is nothing new in this of course. Going back to Gordon Brown’s days, he was promising hundreds of thousands of green jobs, which never materialised.

But what is really hilarious is the mix of jobs.

Over a third of them are assorted “managers, consultants and the like”. Another 19% are recycling workers, who might be very worthy, but are not the sort of jobs promised by proponents of Net Zero.

From the table above, which adds up to 76%, only the Insulator and Wind Turbine Technician have any bearing on the matter.

In fact, I suspect Indeed have overestimated the number of new jobs, because some of these vacancies will be replacing existing employees.

The target of 440,000 new green jobs by 2030 would imply a rate of about 50,000 a year. The study reckons that at the current rate the actual figure is 2000.



October 20, 2021