Nearly 1 in 4 (23%) of the 284,600 energy jobs in Great Britain are located in Scotland. This relatively high figure reflects the scale of the oil and gas industry presence in Scotland – and shows Scotland punches well above its 10%-pro rata UK population rate.
Meanwhile, the total number of energy enterprises in Scotland increased from 1,160 in
2008 to 3,085 in 2013 – an increase of 166%.
A major contributing factor to the overall rise is the increase of the number of enterprises classified as ‘engineering related scientific and technical consulting activities’, up from 790 in 2008 to 2,305 in 2013.
Also, the number of those enterprises classified as ‘environmental consulting activities’ has risen rapidly from 40 in 2009 to 220 in 2013.
The number of enterprises categorised as electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply also increased, from 95 in 2008 to 300 in 2013. The number of enterprises in mining of coal and lignite fell from 10 in 2008 to 5 in 2013.
While the number of enterprises in mining support service activities decreased from 170 in 2008 to 160 in 2012, it has since increased to 175 in 2013.
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