New jobs figures show nuclear workforce growing

New figures released today highlight that more high quality, high skilled jobs are being created by the UK’s civil nuclear industry, in every part of the country. The Nuclear Industry Association’s (NIA) 2016 Jobs Map shows 65,791 people are now working in the sector, an increase of more than 2,000 on last year.

The latest statistics – updated annually by the NIA – in its Civil Nuclear Jobs Map also highlights the number of women, apprentices and graduates employed in the industry. More than one fifth all of all employees are female, almost 2,000 are on an apprenticeship programme and over 1,000 are part of a graduate scheme

The map, which is sub-divided both by regions and nations of the UK, and then also by each UK Parliamentary constituency, details the scope, scale and reach of employment in the civil nuclear industry.

The north west remains the hub of the UK’s nuclear industry, employing 28,435 people. The south west, the home for the UK’s first proposed new nuclear reactor for generation has a workforce of 7,421 people and the Scottish nuclear industry supports 3,977 jobs.

Commenting on the 2016 Jobs Map, Tom Greatrex, NIA Chief Executive, said: “The nuclear sector has been a major employer in the UK since the 1950s and the 2016 Nuclear Jobs Map highlights the vital and growing role it plays today, employing more than 65,000 people, in every part of the UK

“The Government has placed a renewed emphasis on creating an industrial strategy for the UK’s energy future, and the figures published today show why reliable, low carbon nuclear power is an important part of that strategy.”

“Not only does nuclear feed the grid with sustainable, low carbon electricity to complement other ways of generating power, it also supports tens of thousands of high skilled, well paid, long term careers in science, technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing. The expertise of the UK industry and workforce is world renowned, with UK companies increasingly exporting that capability around the world.”

“Some of these jobs are in preparation for, and part of, the UK’s new build programme which will secure the reliable low carbon power needed to replace retiring power stations over the next decade. Many further jobs will be created in the new build programme, with at least 40,000 more likely as three projects including Hinkley Point C, Wylfa Newydd and Moorside are developed – creating more opportunities for young people, skilled engineers, and workers looking to find a new challenge.”

“The Nuclear Jobs Map has provided the Government with 65,000 good reasons to press ahead with a new build programme designed to contribute to a reliable, secure, low carbon energy mix for the future”

The jobs map can be found here: NIA_Jobs Map_2016