UK environmental jobs are on the rise, says ONS

Environmental jobs are on the rise in the UK according to ONS figures, which are backed up by Haymarket’s own recruitment data

Environmental jobs are on the rise in the UK according to ONS figures, which are backed up by Haymarket’s own recruitment data

New government figures show that the number of environmental jobs in the UK is on the up. Figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that between 2010 and 2012, employment in the environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) increased by 5.3%, providing 18,000 more FTE jobs within the sector, taking the total figure to 357,200.

Over a third (33.8%) of the EGSS jobs created between 2010 and 2012 were in wastewater and waste management services, equating to 120,600 FTE jobs, and the largest growth in employment was in the ‘production of renewable energy’ (59.1%) and ‘insulation activities’ (54.4%).

The growth in resource management jobs is largely due to increases in water management activities, renewable energy production, production of energy efficient products and recycling activities, although employment overall was lower compared to environmental protection activities, which remained steady but still created the most jobs.

Ben Goodson, recruitment sales manager in Haymarket’s energy & environment division, says this is great news for job seekers: “The latest government figures are very encouraging for those looking to start or develop their careers in the buoyant environmental sector, especially in the areas of resource management and environmental protection. Our own data tells a similar story, whereby we’ve seen a significant increase in environmental job postings on our ENDSJobsearch site, rising from just under 2,000 jobs in 2010 to over 5,000 jobs in 2014.

“We are particularly seeing an increase in environmental consultancy jobs, which can range from waste analysis to asbestos management. Firms are looking to recruit professionals for a range of specialisms, including air quality, land, flood risk and waste, to name but a few.

“Consultancies need people who have a strong knowledge of environmental sciences, often requiring a BSc or higher in a science subject such as environmental geology, geotechnical engineering, mathematics, chemistry or physics. However, degrees in business, project management and public relations are increasingly being considered, particularly if these candidates have experience in the environmental sector.”

More Insider Insights from Ben Goodson can be found here.

A list of top environmental consultancy specialisms and companies can be found on the ENDSdirectory. If you’re looking for a role in the environmental sector, you can upload your CV on ENDSJobsearch and sign up for the free candidate bulletins such as ‘get jobs by email’. 

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