SKILLS INTELLIGENCE MODEL REPORT
Skills Intelligence Model Survey 2022
Latest Research - Summary Report 2021
The Offshore Wind Skills Intelligence Report was commissioned by OWIC’s Investment In Talent Group which was set up as part of the landmark Offshore Wind Sector Deal agreed with Government in 2019. The work has been done by RenewableUK, the National Skills Academy for Rail and independent data analysts Opergy Ltd.
Our new research shows that the number of people working in direct and indirect jobs in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry is set to rise significantly, from 26,000 currently to over 69,800 by 2026. Most of the jobs will being created in parts of the country which urgently need levelling up, including the north east of England, Yorkshire and The Humber, East Anglia and Scotland.
The private sector will invest £60.8bn billion across the UK over the next five years in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind projects as the industry expands rapidly to help the Government to achieve its net-zero emissions goal. The average annual investment will be £10.1bn between 2021 and 2026, and investment in 2026 alone will reach a peak of £10.6bn.
Over 80% of offshore wind jobs are currently located outside London and the south-east. Scotland currently has the highest proportion (30%), Yorkshire and The Humber has 15%, the northeast of England 10% and the east of England also has 10%. Our forecast shows that regional percentages will be maintained at this level as jobs increase over the course of this decade, providing sustained long-term growth in these areas.
The wide range of jobs includes engineers, project managers, software designers, component manufactures, turbine technicians, welders, deep-sea divers, boat crews and helicopter pilots. 79% of these jobs are highly-skilled, technical and management roles. The offshore wind industry is looking in particular to fill vacancies for electrical engineers, civil engineers, project managers, surveyors, data analysts and digital specialists in roles based onshore as well as offshore.