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The Renewable Energies (RE) sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in terms of job creation. According to the 2013 Global Status Report by REN21,an estimated 5 million people are currently working in the RE field worldwide and the number will continue to rise. Some of its general characteristics are reported below.
- It is a young market and as such it is still relatively unorganized. Many initiatives at the local, European and international level exist but are not implemented in a coordinated manner. There is therefore room for synergies and cooperation between public institutions, academic world and the private sector.
- It is a fast evolving sector highly dependent on technological development.This means that job profiles have to be constantly adapted. Furthermore, the development of technology in other energy sectors (e.g. oil and gas) makes the competition for the same profiles even fiercer. For instance, the development of fracking technology has enabled the large scale exploitation of shale gas and has pushed upward the salary trends for some profiles in the oil and gas sector at the detriment of employment in the geothermal sector
- It is a strategic sector for employment and growth policies. It gets therefore lots of attention from governments but governmental policies depend on fast changing political priorities which have direct impact on the sector. The solar energy is an example of a sector that was strongly supported by governments. The subsequent reduction of these subsidies in some countries led to a drastic contraction of the solar energy market.
- The Renewable Energies sector enjoys a very good image and attracts an increasing number of candidates. As a response to this demand,academic institutions are putting together new curricula on the market every year. However, given the fast evolving nature of the RE market, it is difficult for them to monitor and closely tailor the education programs to the market needs.
Looking for career opportunities in renewable energy ? The Renewable Energy Learning Partnership by IRENA(International Renewable Energy Agency) offers information on renewable energy education, internships and job prospects. To know more, visit www.irena.org/irelp
Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015
Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this second edition, IRENA estimates that renewable energy employed 7.7 million people, directly or indirectly, around the world in 2014 (excluding large hydropower). This is an 18% increase from the number reported the previous year. In addition, IRENA conducted the first-ever global estimate of large hydropower employment, showing approximately 1.5 million direct jobs in the sector.
The 10 countries with the largest renewable energy employment were China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, France, Bangladesh and Colombia.
The solar PV industry is the largest renewable energy employer worldwide with 2.5 million jobs, followed by liquid biofuels with 1.8 million jobs, and wind power, which surpassed 1 million jobs for the first time. The employment increase extends across the renewable energy spectrum with solar, wind, biofuels, biomass, biogas and small hydropower all seeing increases in employment.
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You can find here a list of RE jobs for the UK: