British nuclear energy jobs rise by 2,000 over past 12 months

Nuclear power apprentices
Nuclear power apprentices

New figures published today highlight that high-quality, high-skilled jobs are being created by the UK’s civil nuclear industry in ‘every part of the country’.

The Nuclear Industry Association’s 2016 Jobs Map shows 65,791 people are now working in the sector – an increase of more than 2,000 on last year. 

The latest statistics – updated annually by the NIA – in its Civil Nuclear Jobs Map also highlights the number of women, apprentices and graduates employed in the industry. More than one fifth all of all employees are female, almost 2,000 are on an apprenticeship programme and over 1,000 are part of a graduate scheme.

The map, which is sub-divided both by regions and nations of the UK, and then also by each UK Parliamentary constituency, details the scope, scale and reach of employment in the civil nuclear industry.

The north west of England remains the hub of the UK’s nuclear industry, employing 28,435 people. The south west, the home for the UK’s first proposed new nuclear reactor for generation, has a workforce of 7,421 people, while the Scottish nuclear industry supports 3,977 jobs.

The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs more than 65,000 professionals and has the support of 41% of the public. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 49 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking 78% of Britain’s cars off the roads. 

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “The government has placed a renewed emphasis on creating an industrial strategy for the UK’s energy future, and the figures published today show why reliable, low carbon nuclear power is an important part of that strategy.

“Not only does nuclear feed the grid with sustainable, low carbon electricity to complement other ways of generating power, it also supports tens of thousands of high skilled, well paid, long term careers in science, technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing.

“The expertise of the UK industry and workforce is world renowned, with UK companies increasingly exporting that capability around the world.

“Some of these jobs are in preparation for, and part of, the UK’s new build programme which will secure the reliable low carbon power needed to replace retiring power stations over the next decade. Many further jobs will be created in the new build programme, with at least 40,000 more likely as three projects including Hinkley Point C, Wylfa Newydd and Moorside (in Cumbria) are developed.”

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