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UK Green Sector Faces Skills Shortage, Warn Over Two Thirds of Business Leaders

A recent poll of 500 decision makers found that 57% believe that specialised green skills are important to their business, but many are struggling to find skilled staff, particularly in areas of sustainable engineering and finance. To address this skills gap, over one in four (27%) decision makers are actively identifying opportunities and anticipating future business needs, while 26% are investing in professional training to upskill their existing workforce. Additionally, 23% are offering more on-the-job training and apprenticeships.

A separate poll of 2,000 employed adults found that a quarter (27%) are considering a green job as their next career move, but many are unsure if they possess the necessary skills. Nearly half of those considering a green job (47%) are interested in work in the renewable energy sector, while others see sustainable investment and construction as viable options. Among those considering the switch, 49% want a role that positively impacts the planet, while 36% want to future-proof their careers.

To ensure their skills are compatible with future green jobs, 28% of workers plan to undergo training related to their current specialism, while 26% are exploring online courses to achieve the necessary qualifications. According to Joanna Bonnett, head of sustainability at PageGroup, collaboration and investment from policy makers, businesses, and educational organisations are crucial in preparing the workforce for the green transition and creating a pipeline of talent ready for the jobs of the future.

More than half (55%) of the decision-makers believe it is important that new staff demonstrate their consciousness about climate change, with 31% claiming that it is a priority to invest in staff to prepare them for the green future. The poll also revealed that 43% of businesses remain committed to working towards their sustainability goals despite rising costs of living, with an average of five targets to reach.

According to a poll of workers conducted by OnePoll.com, 34% are considering green work due to witnessing the negative impacts of the environment, while a third (33%) were motivated after watching documentaries about climate change. Furthermore, 32% were aware that the job market is changing and want to adapt to the times. Nearly three-quarters (73%) began exploring green opportunities in the last two years.

Joanna Bonnett from PageGroup believes that one in five companies are currently recruiting for green positions, recognizing the significance of the green transition and its benefits to their business and workforce.

Sam Allcock
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With over 20 years of experience in the field SEO and digital marketing, Sam Allcock is a highly regarded entrepreneur. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.
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