Despite the United Kingdom experiencing 17-year high record unemployment rates, a new survey says jobs could soon be added in the wind and marine energy sectors. A survey conducted by RenewableUK, the UK’s largest wind and marine energy trade and professional association, shows that both sectors plan to add hundreds of new jobs.
Of the 151 companies who took part in the survey, 81 percent said they plan to add staff in the next year-and-a-half. An estimated 25 percent of the companies said they plan to grow their staff by more than 20 percent. Another 40 percent said they will grow the number of employees by 10 percent. The wave and marine power industries employ a total of 10,600 people, according to statistics from the survey.
More than half of the respondents said the primary reason for growth is the favorable governmental policies. The recently announced Electricity Market Reform package includes incentives for clean energy producers such as: Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs), Renewables Obligation Certifiates (ROCs) and Contracts for Difference (CfDs).
Nearly 60 percent of on shore wind developers companies said the UK’s difficult planning process was the biggest roadblock to significant growth in the industry. “Our members are also telling us that practical steps need to be taken urgently to tackle long delays in the planning system,” Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK’s Director of Policy, said in a statement. “If we can get the right policy framework in place, we will be able to consolidate our position at the forefront of the renewable energy sector worldwide”.