Job figures good news for renewables sector, says Hyperion
According to the Renewable Energy Association (REA), there has been an eight per cent leap in the number of people working in the sector – from 102,987 to 112,055. This compares to an overall rise in UK employment of just one per cent.
David Hunt, managing partner of renewables recruitment specialist Hyperion Executive Search, said, “These figures back up what we are seeing as a specialist in renewables recruitment. Companies are posting more job opportunities which is not only creating opportunities for those in the industry, but also for those with transferable skills interested in moving across to the sector.
“The continuing upward curve of opportunities confirms that we were right as a business to focus entirely on renewables recruitment unlike most other recruiters who hedge their bets by covering a number of different sectors.
“We have a growing number of clients both within the UK and Europe which appreciate our commitment to their sector which brings with it extensive market knowledge and contacts.”
In addition to his role at Hyperion, Hunt # was also recently elected chair of the REA’s On-site Renewables Group and is a member of the Employment and Skills Board for Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
He is among a group of key figures campaigning to plug the UK’s skills gap in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by highlighting the career opportunities available within renewables.
Hunt added, “With such healthy job creation statistics, there is a real opportunity for our sector to continue to attract talented candidates in related industries.
“We hope that the new Conservative Government recognises the role it can play by getting behind the renewables industry and helping it to move forward with confidence. With an election largely won on economic growth and job creation, it is essential they see that as a sector we lead the way in both areas and provide much needed certainty and support.”
Liverpool-headquartered Hyperion acts for clients and candidates across a comprehensive range of renewable energy sub-sectors including solar PV, solar thermal, heat pumps, biomass, wind turbines and fuel cells.