London Development Agency predicts green jobs growth

A London Development Agency (LDA) report shows employment in green jobs is tipped to grow by 18,000 over the next two years.

Green Expectations sets out London's low carbon job prospects from 2008/09 to 2012/13 and key findings include job growth in London's low carbon sector, particularly in renewable energy, is forecast to exceed all other sectors in the next two years and that in 2008/09 approximately 100,000 people were employed in the low carbon sector in London.

Also, an estimated 2,200 of these net new jobs in the low carbon sector will be accessible to workless or low-skilled Londoners, the current skills profile of the sector is characterised by high skills with more than one in two employees having a degree, however, a quarter of all jobs in the sector currently require skills at Level 2 and below and Higher Education provision is well developed and is seen as meeting the needs of the emerging sector.

London Development Agency Director of Employment Stephen Evans said: "Green Expectations provides a blueprint for future job growth in London's low carbon sector, enabling us to identify job growth in this sector and develop a series of innovative projects to help workless Londoners to benefit."

"Working closely with central and local government and London business we will be using the findings of this report to build on our Low Carbon Employment and Skills Programme and increase job opportunities in this sector across the Capital."

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London Development Agency