Of the 540 companies surveyed, more than half (54%) said they would be looking to employ even more people in the next 12 months, with a further 42% saying their employment would stay the same – and only 1.6% expecting it to decrease.
These are the three key findings of an independent survey of more than 500 renewables employers, which also today reveals that more than 11,500 people are currently employed full-time in the sector –
The increase of 5% over last year is a higher rate of growth in employment than that of the Scottish economy as a whole.
The Scottish Renewables trade body, which represents some 330 companies in the sector, commissioned the independent research from O’Herlihy & Co Ltd – the Glasgow-based management consultants
Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables, said: “These new figures show the renewables industry has seen steady growth in the number of people being employed despite an uncertain year.
“The breadth of job opportunities for project managers, ecologists and engineers has led to a wide range of people seeing renewable energy as a sector where they can use their skills and training.”
The survey also asked where these jobs are located – with Glasgow, the Lothians, Highlands & Islands and the North East topping the list of regions employing the most people. Onshore wind (39%), offshore wind (21%), and marine and bioenergy (both 9%) are the most frequent sources of employment.
Blamire added: “Renewables is a significant contributor to many local economies throughout the country with emerging sectors such as offshore wind and marine energy already playing their part in creating much-needed job opportunities.”
“Not only are more people employed in renewables than ever before but there is a huge amount of positivity about the future with a majority of companies looking to expand their operations and take on more employees.”
The renewables sector is ultimately predicted to create up to 40,000 jobs and £30 billion of investment to the Scottish economy.