By DARA BUTTERFIELD
The number of people working in the medium and large-scale sectors of the British onshore wind industry, and offshore wind, has risen by 8% in just over twelve months to more than 15,400 direct, full-time jobs, according to one of the industry trade associations
The new figures, revealed in RenewableUK’s annual report “Wind Energy in the UK”, also show that the number of indirect jobs (for example supplying components) has increased by 8% since September 2013 to nearly 15,000 jobs.
This means that more than 30,400 people owe their livelihoods to wind in the UK. More than 2,250 direct and indirect jobs in onshore and offshore wind have been created in just over 12 months.
Mark Sidwell, Granada Material Handling Ltd, Director, said: “For the North West, renewables has been life-changing for the business community.
“We’ve won multimillion pound contracts with the likes of RWE Innogy and SSE Renewables, creating 20 jobs in offshore servicing and supporting a further 15 in manufacturing.
“With a strong pipeline of work both in the UK and European waters, we’re not the only ones benefiting. The future looks bright and promising for us and lots of similar companies in the area.”
Renewable UK’s annual study shows that new onshore wind farms delivered £1.6 billion of investment in 12 months.
Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive, Renewable UK, said: “Nearly two and a half thousand people have joined the UK wind industry’s dynamic, highly motivated workforce over the last year. That’s a growth rate that most other sectors can only dream of – renewables is the employment engine of the future.
“However, we still face numerous challenges. Politicians need to get behind the many thousands of people doing their bit to make onshore and offshore renewables a UK success story.