Scottish renewable energy jobs grow 5%

Employment in the renewable energy sector grew 5% in 2013 according to new research. Findings suggest 11,695 people are currently in full-time employment in green energy jobs according to a […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Employment in the renewable energy sector grew 5% in 2013 according to new research.

Findings suggest 11,695 people are currently in full-time employment in green energy jobs according to a new poll of more than 540 companies.

What’s more, 294 of the firms  polled, that’s 54%, said they expected their employment to increase over the next 12 months. Only nine organisations thought jobs would drop and 229 expected them to stay the same.

Glasgow – home of the Whitelee wind farm (pictured) was far and away the biggest employment hub in the survey with 2,132 jobs, followed by the Highlands and Islands (1,459) and the North East of Scotland (1,238).

Virtually three-quarters of employees in the sector were men and less than a quarter women.

Trade body Scottish Renewables which commissioned the research hailed the steady growth of the industry “despite an uncertain year”.

Senior Policy Manager Joss Blamire said: “Renewables is proving it can be a significant contributor to many local economies throughout the country with emerging sectors such as offshore wind and marine energy already playing their part in creating much needed job opportunities.”

Onshore wind (39%), offshore wind (21%), marine and bioenergy (both 9%) were the most notable sources of employment.