£60bn and 70k offshore wind jobs by 2026
A new report from the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) predicts that £60bn of planned investment in offshore wind between now and 2026 will generate around 70,000 jobs in the sector.
The government and industry-backed group predicted the private sector will invest more than £60bn in developing, constructing, and operating offshore wind projects between now and 2026, leading to a near-tripling in the number of jobs across the industry, from 26,000 currently to 69,800 in just five years’ time.
The projections are detailed in the Offshore Wind Skills Intelligence Report, commissioned by the OWIC's Investment In Talent Group.
Energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said in BusinessGreen, "The environmental benefits of our world-leading offshore wind sector are clear to see, but as this study shows we'll also have tens of thousands more jobs created in the sector in just the next few years alone."