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Energy Jobs At Risk Says Report

The UK’s offshore energy workforce can increase by up to 50% by the end of the decade with renewable jobs outnumbering oil and gas roles if a successful transition is achieved according to a new report.

Powering up the Workforce by Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen offers a stark warning too.  If the rate of investment and activity in renewables does not increase significantly then up to 95,000 potential offshore energy jobs will be at risk.

Professor Paul de Leeus, Director of the Robert Gordon University’s Energy Transition Institute, says: “This report presents a range of workforce outcomes that could materialise over the coming years. There is a huge prize up for grabs and we want to equip decision-makers – whether in government, industry or individual businesses – with new insight to convert those opportunities into reality.”

“With investment at risk and wind projects facing delays, the findings underline the present-day situation for the UK offshore energy industry and its stakeholders. The big prize of a significant jobs gain is still within our collective reach. Inaction or simply slow progress will mean that offshore energy job numbers overall could drop by 15% to 130,000 by 2030, making the path towards net zero even harder to negotiate.”

The study concluded that a managed and just transition from oil and gas to renewables will still see the oil and gas workforce decline from 120,000 today to around 87,000 by 2030…A more rapid decline in the oil and gas sector, that results from limiting new investment and reducing operational activities, could reduce the oil and gas workforce to around 60,000 by 2030. In addition to the loss of jobs, this is a significant loss of skills for the future energy sector.

The analysis shows that there is a workforce ‘goldilocks zone’ between 2024 and 2028 when the UK supply chain capacity and capability can be sustained, developed and invested in, so that the transferability of the offshore energy workforce is optimised.

Read more about the report here. 

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