Wind Energy Employment Growth

Wind Energy Employment Growth

Many parts of the world are having problems with unemployment, and quite a high number of the qualified, trained and experienced potential employees are going to waste due to a lack of jobs, or an unwillingness to hire new staff. One area of growth, especially in the U.K. is renewable energy sources, especially the wind power sector. Renewable resources, such as wind and turbine power, are the way of the future in an environmentally conscious society. It’s not secret that fossil fuels will run out, and they are causing a high level of damage to the environment. Growth in this area, for the most part, is a good thing, especially when it’s hand in hand with employment going up as well.

The level of growth for renewable wind energies was incredible, with the sector gaining a 91% rise in employment levels between 2007/08 and 2009/10. This goes against the grain in many areas, as companies let people go under a loss of profits or fearing the loss of income. There is a lot of competition in this sector for jobs, as those with experience as technical wind turbine engineers in the most demand. This also means that many people are looking into study in this area, with a hope to jump on the bandwagon and gain employment. Currently, this area is quite well paid for the work being done, perfect for those who like to think on their feet, do physical work and get paid a nice pay check each week.

In the U.K. there are, at the moment, 10,800 employees in the wind turbine sector, according to a report from RenewableUK and Energy & Utility Skills. While most of these are employed in bigger companies, about 7 to 8% are employed in small domestic companies, which are looking to the future to broaden their market share of this lucrative market.

The rise in employment levels was due to the hiring and filling of many non-technical positions over the past three years.  While previously there were many positions needing to be filled, and has slowed down, which will stem the tide of growth in this area. Technical skills, however, are still wanted.



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