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High satisfaction levels for environmental career changes

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Professionals who move into the environmental sector are highly satisfied and receiving pay

Almost 90% of professionals who move into the environment and sustainability profession are showing high levels of satisfaction, according to a survey from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).

The survey reveals that workers who started professional life in non-environmental roles are happy they made the change, with 87% saying they are either satisfied or very satisfied with their choice of career change. 

The reported levels of satisfaction have risen a full 10% among the same group since last year’s survey. 

In addition, pay levels in the environment and sustainability profession are continuing to rise with 73.5% of employees experiencing a pay rise during 2014. This is a significant increase on the 59% recorded in last year’s survey.

Tim Balcon, CEO of IEMA, said: “With the economy becoming increasingly dependent on environment and sustainability skills, it’s great to see that many who boast these skills are enjoying their roles to such a high level, The new skills and people that are entering the profession have a vital role to play in enhancing and supporting business action in this area.”

Despite this, there is still a skills gap. IEMA’s latest research, revealed that only 13% of organisations are fully confident that they have the skills to successfully compete in a sustainable economy (endsreport.com/46297). 

By 2020 the global economy could be facing a supply deficit caused by rising population matched with growing scarcity of vital resources, rapidly rising prices of key essential materials such as energy, together with climate change challenges. 

IEMA says that environment and sustainability skills are the key to turning these challenges into opportunities and a number of companies have already recognised this. 

Jonathan Garrett, CSR director at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Investing in talented people is crucial to the sustainable growth of Jaguar Land Rover. We have doubled our workforce over the past five years to 34,000 people, including 2,000 graduates and apprentices. Embedding sustainability into our business plan and fostering a passion for ‘environmental innovation’ amongst our people has helped us achieve business success.”

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